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The Courts

Submission + - Slashback: Judge in sentencing blames violent game

kaufmanmoore writes: In January we discussed Daniel Petric being found guilty of murdering his mother and shooting his father over their taking away Halo 3 from him. The judge sentenced Petric today to 23 to life instead of the prosecution's plea of life without parole. Judge Burge of Lorain County Ohio continued his criticism of violent video games saying, "I feel confident that if there were no such thing as violent video games, I wouldn't know Daniel Petric," Burge said. In practicing judicial activism Burge said he was hoping to impact the future concerning prevention of crimes relating to video game violence. During the trial portion of this case, Burge said the youth's addiction to the game altered his brain in the same way an addiction to drugs did. The closing remarks by both lawyers, Daniel's father and the the judge are available on Youtube . Source: here

Submission + - Report: Jobs considering Liver Transplant

kaufmanmoore writes: Bloomberg is reporting that Apple's Steve Jobs might be considering a liver transplant as a result of complications from his surgery in 2004. The type of tumor that Jobs had commonly spreads from the Pancreas to the Liver. A doctor quoted in the article says that people with Jobs' diagnosis tend to live 20 years past their original cancer diagnosis and respond well to the surgery. In an interview conducted today Jobs is quoted as saying "Why don't you guys leave me alone — why is this important?"

Submission + - UK Secretary wants website ratings, censorship

kaufmanmoore writes: The UK culture secretary calls for a website rating system similar to the one used for movies and downright censorship in an interview with the Telegraph. He also calls for censorship of the internet saying "There is content that should just not be available to be viewed." Other proposals he mentions in his wide-ranging calls for internet regulation are "family-friendly" services from ISPs and requiring sites that host content with a proposal to force takedown notices to be enforced within a specific time interval. Mr. Burnham wants to extend his proposals across the pond and seeks meetings with the Obama administration.

Comment Just replacing one money pit with another (Score 1) 897

The auto companies would then ask for more tax money so they could retool but we already have a railroad money pit called Amtrak. It receives over $2 billion a year in federal money alone. Highways cost us $.01 per passenger mile while Amtrak costs $.22 per passenger mile, which one is more efficient use of tax dollars?
The Internet

Submission + - TW trying cable Caps + overage fees (

redelm writes: Yahoo! reports Time-Warner will try out traffic caps on cable internet service in Beaumont, TX. They will charge an overage fee of $1/GB. Base included transfers will be from 5-40 GB/month. Most interesting was the justification — 5% of users using up to 50% of bandwidth. And that others have secret caps.

Submission + - Adobe takes aim at Google with Acrobat .com (

CWmike writes: "Adobe Acrobat software is getting a Web 2.0 makeover, as the graphics software maker prepares to challenge Microsoft and Google in the online office arena. On Monday, Adobe is launching a public beta of an upcoming hosted collaboration service called Components include a Web-based word processor named Buzzword, which Adobe acquired last fall; the company claims that it produces more-polished-looking documents than other online word processors, such as Google Docs. One take on if it has a fighting chance: Enabling PDFs to become .zip-like file containers is "nice in certain work situations," said Guy Creese, an analyst at Burton Group in Midvale, Utah. "But it sort of begs the question: Is helping people continue to send stuff around by e-mail the best way to do things when you can use wikis or SharePoint and do it better? I'm not convinced this will have a great uptake in the market.""

Submission + - Leaning Tower of Pisa Secure for 300 More Years

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Medieval architects only got as far as the third floor of the tower of Pisa before it began to lean in 1178 and by 1990 it had tilted more than four meters off its true vertical, with conservationists estimating that the entire 14,500-ton structure would collapse "some time between 2030 and 2040." Now the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been stabilized and declared safe for at least another three centuries after it was anchored to cables and lead counterweights while 70 tons of soil was removed from the north side — away from the lean — and cement was injected into the ground to relieve the pressure. The tilt has now returned to where it was in the early 19th century and architects say there was never any intention to straighten the 56m tower, only to stop it sinking further. Nicholas Shrady, author "Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa" says that the tower was destined to tilt from the outset because of the decision to build the tower "on what is essentially a former bog" and that the tower has previously come close to collapsing in 1838, 1934, and 1995. Although Galileo Galilei is said to have dropped cannon balls from the tower in a gravity experiment, Shrady says the myth is the "result of the overripe imagination of Galileo's secretary and first biographer, Vincenzo Viviani.""

Submission + - VA is 1st State to mandate internet safety lessons ( 2

kaufmanmoore writes: "The Commonwealth of Virginia has become the first state in the nation to require that students in all grade levels receive a form of internet safety lessons. The story is scant on details about the lessons, but describes one recently at a high school where the presenter showed a social-networking profile of a convicted sex offender posing as a 15 year-old girl. We have seen the **AA try to get their internet lessons taught in school, is this type of lesson necessary with more children going online?"

Submission + - Couple Sues Google for Posting House Pix (

kaufmanmoore writes: A Pennsylvania couple is suing Google, saying a "Street View" picture taken of their house violates their privacy and lowers their property value. Google has offered to remove the image, but the couple's lawyer says that will not undo the damage done. Coincidentally, Allegany County has a similar picture of the same house on a real estate website.

Feed Techdirt: Pittsburgh Couple Sues Google Over Photos Of Their House (

The term "the Streisand Effect" was coined back in 2005 in reference to Barbara Streisand's decision in 2003 to sue an aerial photographer who, in the process of photographing the entire west coast from a helicopter, took a photo of her house. Not only did she lose the case (and have to pay lawyers' fees), the photo of her house, that no one had paid any attention to, got a ton of traffic. If she had any claim at all (which she really didn't), it would have to do with her being a public figure. However, the situation is even more ridiculous when you're dealing with non-public figures.

Yet, here we are in a nearly identical story. Aaron and Christine Boring are a couple who live in Pittsburgh and apparently have freaked out that Google's "Street View" offering includes a photo of their home. In fact, they've sued Google claiming that the photos of their home violate their privacy and "devalue" the property. They also claim that it was trespassing because there was a clear sign saying that the road was a private road. Of course, as the AP article notes, most of the info is already public, including photos of the house which are available on the The Allegheny County real estate Web site. Of course, looking over the sets of photos, it looks as though the Google street view team may have driven up the couple's driveway a bit, which perhaps (just slightly) explains the complaint. Still, Google says that if anyone wants photos of their property removed, they just need to ask Google and prove that they own the property in question. No lawsuit needed. In the meantime, of course, just as with Streisand, the Google photos of the Borings' house are now widely available and getting a lot more attention. Apparently, the Borings don't listen to NPR.

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Submission + - Men fall harder than women for Internet fraud ( 1

bednarz writes: "Data compiled from more than 206,000 complaints received last year by the U.S. Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) shows that men lost $1.67 to every $1 lost by women in online fraud. "Historically men were more apt to purchase large ticket items like electronics ... that could explain a lot of it," said John Kane, an IC3 research manager. The difference is also due to the fact that certain types of schemes — like investment fraud — seem to suck men in. The IC3 is the clearinghouse for online crime complaints in the U.S., and its database is used by regulators and law enforcement to get a picture of criminal trends. It's a joint effort run by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center."

Submission + - NJ Law Bans Some Sex Offenders from Internet Use

kaufmanmoore writes: A new law signed into law Thursday bans sex offenders who used to internet to lure their victims and those under lifetime supervision bans them from using the internet for non work related use. The offenders would be required to discuss their computer access to their parole officers and violations could result in fines and jail time. New Jersey joins Florida and Nevada as the only states to restrict internet use among convicted sex offenders. More details available here.

Submission + - Domains May Disappear After Search 1

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "A perfect domain name pops into your mind, a quick check at your registrar reveals that the domain is available, you put off the registration a few minutes and when you come back to register the domain, it's taken by someone else. How much time has elapsed between the search and the attempted registration — in one case, less than 90 seconds. Daily Domainer has an interesting story alleging that there may be a leak that allows domain tasters to intercept, analyze and register your domain ideas in minutes. "Every time you do a whois search with any service, you run a risk of losing your domain," says one industry insider. ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC ) has not been able to find hard evidence of Domain Name Front Running but they have issued an advisory (pdf) for people to come forward with hard evidence it is happening. Here is how domain name research theft crimes can occur and some tips to avoiding being a victim."

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