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Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 634

As far as I can tell, there are no formal US charges pending against Assange. There aren't likely to be any charges either, because he's done no more than the NY Times did with the Pentagon Papers. Unless, of course, the Justice Department wants to start indicting newspapers for publishing this sort of thing.

IANAL, but if Assange encouraged or guided Manning prior to her taking the documents then a conspiracy to commit espionage charge might be attempted. If a prosecutor wants to go after Assange I have no doubt they could find something to charge him; never underestimate the ability of a prosecutor to be inventive when interpreting the law and desires to go after someone. The morality of such an approach and whether or not those charges would stick or he would be convicted is another issue.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 634

Precisely what would the charges be?/p?

I am not sure; but no doubt if the US wanted to they would find something. For example, if he encouraged or directed Manning they might try eepionage and conspiracy charges, with the US nexus the email servers. I think that is a dangerous stretch and the charges might not stick. It that doesn't mean they couldn't try. Some of the lawyers I know view the law much like a board game; there is a set of rules and it is up to them to see how they can use them to their advantge. Never underestimate the ingenuity of a US attorney if the government wants to grab someone.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 634

"Earlier this month, WikiLeaks said it would agree to a US extradition request for the site's founder, Julian Assange, if Obama granted clemency to Manning. It was not immediately clear if WikiLeaks would make good on its promise."

The funny part is that there has been no US extradition request for Julian Assange. So basically, he didn't offer anything. It was just a way to keep his name in the news.

I wondered about that as well; on the surface it appears to be a PR ploy since he has not been charged with any crime and would probably argue he is protected as a journalist. OTOH, the US could charge him anyway, request extradition and let him argue he should not be charged. Sweden could off course ask the US to extradite him to face charges there if he went t the US; or the UK cold arrest and hold him pending extradition, if he leaves the embassy, and let a UK court decide which country gets first shot at him.

Comment Re:Your move, Assange.... (Score 1) 634

It also said "in exchange", as in Obama would have to agree to trade one for the other. Since he has now granted clemency anyway there can be no exchange.

I'm not taking sides, just pointing out that the offer was clearly for an exchange.

Alternatively, it cold be interpreted as "if yo do X I will do Y;" not as a literal exchange. Anyway, the linked tweet doesn't even mention an exchange:

"If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case"

rather that Assange would agree to US extradition, of course agreeing to something and actually doing it are two different things. The ball is in his court so it will be interesting to see his response.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 5, Informative) 634

Snowden cannot be pardoned, because he has not been convicted of any crime. There is no conviction to pardon or commute. He has to surrender and be charged in order for that to happen. Obama already commented on that, he said that regardless of how he feels about Snowden, you can't pardon someone who hasn't been convicted of anything.

Not true, the President's pardon power is pretty broad; specifically, the President has the "Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment." There is no mention of conviction or even a trial, merely that an offense be committed "against the United States." The only limit would be in case of impeachment which is not germane to Snowden. As long as someone committed an act against the US a pardon may be issued by the President. Of note is that doesn't prevent state charges, stemming from the same act, from being brought as the President's power only extends to "Offences against the United States." In Snowden's case I have no idea if a state could decide to charge him or even what the charge could be, but someone could very well commit a Federal and state crime in the same act and thus a Presidential pardon would have no impact in the state's case.

I take Obama's comment as meaning his standard for considering a pardon includes having been tried for the act before he will consider issuing one; a standard Snowden has not met.

Comment Re:Your move, Assange.... (Score 2, Informative) 634

Manning wasn't pardoned, his sentence merely got reduced. Assange's offer was for a pardon.

Actually, the tweet said clemency, not pardon; which commutation certainly is based on the definition of clemency: Leniency or mercy. A power given to a public official, such as a governor or the president, to in some way lower or moderate the harshness of punishment imposed upon a prisoner. Will be interesting to see what Assange does now that Obama has granted clemency.

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 3, Informative) 91

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 91

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

Comment Re:Sounds about right (Score 1) 83

With the Pound now trading at around $1.23, and the UK app store incorporating VAT at 20% while the US store doesn't include sales tax in the list priced, this sounds about right. Certainly the "UK premium" is nothing like the 50-100% that wasn't uncommon a decade or so ago.

Apple look simply to be pricing in the devaluation in Sterling that has occurred since the beginning of Brexit. I'm not sure anyone can find much to fault with that. The real question is how quickly Apple will move to reduce prices if/when the Pound recovers?

Prices tend to be sticky in terms of reduction, if simply if only customers get used to the higher prices so absent a steep decline companies tend to keep prices at the higher levels once they raise prices.

Comment Re: Not really needed for drones (Score 1) 24

Modulation designators that state the payload type don't make much sense with digital data transports. You can do digital TV or anything else with 4 MHz bandwidth. Cellular doesn't make much sense unless they have a really long hover time and drone life, in which case it could be a pop-up base station.

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