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Submission + - Force Colorado Woman to Decrypt Her Computer (denverpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From the SANS NewsBites:
Federal Prosecutors Seek Order to Force Colorado Woman to Decrypt Computer (January 4, 2012) Federal prosecutors in Denver, Colorado are seeking a court order that would force Ramona Fricosu to enter the password to decrypt her laptop computer. They believe that the machine contains evidence that would help convict Fricosu and her former husband in a bank fraud case. The pair was allegedly involved in a complex mortgage fraud scheme that stole more than US $900,000 from banks in the Colorado Springs area.
Prosecutors say that Fricosu does not have to divulge her password; she can enter the password without it being noted as long as they eventually gain access to the information on the computer.
[Editor's Note (Murray): The court is entitled to the best evidence. It cannot force one to make a record. However, once a record is made, one may not conceal it from the court. The intent of the 5th amendment was to prevent "witch trials," the conviction of one on only their own coerced testimony. The written or electronic record, on the other hand, says what it says.

Submission + - Open source business model turning into a liabilit

An anonymous reader writes: As the owner of a successful 10yr old open source company that sells support and add-ons to accompany its popular free offerings (millions of downloads), we have started noticing a disturbing trend recently. Because we fund new development from these revenue streams, naturally we don't offer free "real-time" (chat/telephone) support, but we do provide a manual, professional video tutorials and
forums where our support staff happily answer questions throughout the day free of charge. The problem we have started to see is that people will download our free product, then also demand free chat/telephone support to help them install and set it up. When we politely redirect these requests to our forums, or paid support options, our staff are often being verbally assaulted and accused of carrying out some sort of scam among other expletives. In addition to that we are noticing an increased number of negative reviews on the download/review sites claiming that we don't offer support for our product, which has started to have a direct affect on our bottom line. While our overall paying customer satisifaction level is extremely high, its gotten to the point where we are considering abondoning the free product altogether as it seems to be doing more harm than good. Have other similar companies experienced this issue? What would be a better way to handle support for a free product that is still economically viable?

Stock Market Sell-Off Might Stem From Trader's Fat Finger 643

s122604 points out a CNBC story according to which "the catalyst for today's extraordinary price swing (at one point the Dow lost almost 9 percent in less than an hour) may have been because a trader entered a 'B' for billions instead of an 'M' for millions on a trade of Procter and Gamble: 'According to multiple sources, a trader entered a "b" for billion instead of an "m" for million in a trade possibly involving Procter & Gamble, a component in the Dow. (CNBC's Jim Cramer noted suspicious price movement in P&G stock on air during the height of the market selloff).' Unbelievable there are no safeguards to protect against this."

Comment Re:All about palm greasing (Score 5, Insightful) 235

Mod parent up. This law is basically saying "You must hit all of these subjective benchmarks." That's code for "You must pay us enough money to agree that you are hitting all of these subjective benchmarks."

Laws are rarely about what's good for the people. They're usually about what's good for the lawmakers. Occasionally the two coincide.

Comment Re:Be smart (Score 1) 485

I totally agree that the interview needs to test skills related to the position. However, if the interviewee can't figure out how to reverse a string, that shows that they have some pretty shitty problem-solving/programming skills. That question is designed to be the one question in an interview that everyone gets right and is usually asked very early on to make the interviewee more relaxed because hey, they got one right.

Not all of the questions asked in an interview intended to test your programming ability.

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