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Submission + - Student charged for bringing tool into high school 8

sm62704 (mcgrew) writes: "The Chicago Tribune (bugmenot required) and Belleville News Democrat are reporting on the plight of Christopher Berger, an honor student at Grayslake Central High School, a choir singer, as well as a former football player who spends half the day training to be a firefighter.

He was arrested for "reckless conduct" for bringing a tool to school; a Totes outdoor multi-tool flashlight, which has (gasp) a two inch blade.

What would they do to a kid who brought a balloon full of hydrogen to school, like I did when I was in the 7th grade? I'm sure glad I'm a geezer!"
The Internet

Submission + - 9thCirCourt Rules WebSearch for Nudity as Fair Use (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, Dec 04, reaffirming its earlier support for the socially redeeming value of searching the Internet for nudie pictures. The San Francisco court, in reviewing a case it initially considered in May, reiterated its finding that Google could display tiny versions of photographs by Perfect 10 Inc., a Beverly Hills-based adult publisher, in search results, even when those images were copyrighted. The court said, Google met that test. The justices ruled that a larger public interest in searching for information — or, in this case, images of partially clad women — amounted to a "transformative use" that trumped Perfect 10's copyright claims. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/05/us-9th-circuit-court-of-appeals-rules-web-search-for-nudity-as-fair-use/ )"
Announcements

Submission + - UK minister proposes new file sharing law (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: (Lord) David Treisman, a minister in the UK government at the relatively new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has threatened file sharers with a new law unless ISPs choke traffic:

"If we can't get voluntary arrangements we will legislate,"

Ironically, Triesman has just been appointed as minister for students — I'm sure they'll love him for that.

The ISPs clearly have a better grasp of technology than Treisman — their spokesperson is quoted as sayingL:

"However, ISPs cannot monitor or record the type of information passed over their network. ISPs are no more able to inspect and filter every single packet passing across their network than the Post Office is able to open every envelope."

Spam

Submission + - Obama, Ospamma

Moryath writes: My spam traps (email addresses that exist solely to receive spam, for filtration's sake) and my real address have recently seen a ton of mail from the Barack Obama campaign.

Their unsubscribe link does not work; email to the campaign asking them to remove my addresses was responded with a form letter thanking me for "joining" the campaign and asking me to donate money; phone calls have all been hung up on, several times after someone claimed to be "transferring" me to "the person who can fix this."

Why is this allowed? And what response would Slashdotters suggest for a campaign that is obviously unwilling to respect my request NOT to receive their spam?

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