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Comment Re:So? (Score 4, Informative) 194

You've identified the two most important points. "Robbery" (when used correctly) indicates a violent crime involving force or threat of force. It is usually classified as a crime against the person, rather than a crime against property (like mere larceny or, in some cases, burglary). A robbery is, by definition, a violent felony. And, of course, the officer got a court order.

Comment Re:dont know (Score 1) 254

"Paid for your time" does not mean "work for hire" in the U.S. If someone is not an employee, then only certain types of works can be works for hire: "a work specially ordered or commissioned for use as a contribution to a collective work, as a part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, as a translation, as a supplementary work, as a compilation, as an instructional text, as a test, as answer material for a test, or as an atlas, if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire." Notably, even a written contract saying "work for hire" doesn't make something a work for hire if it doesn't comply with the statute. That's why it's important to have a proper contract, typically one that says work for hire *and* grants the customer an exclusive lifetime license.

I have no idea of the merits of this case or about German law on the subject, but if the contract did expressly grant a limited license, it's likely that it wasn't contemplated as a work for hire.

Comment Re:Mercury switched = pin ball tilt switch (Score 1) 431

"Breaking and entering" is a synonym for "burglary." And in Georgia, burglary doesn't require any kind of breaking. It requires entering without authority with intent to steal (or commit any felony). It is a felony. So if he committed illegal entry and theft, as you said, then he's committed burglary and can be properly convicted of a felony.

Comment Re:Not pointless... (Score 2) 461

"I don't know what shops are at the mall his car was found at, but I would imagine that they sell pressure cookers." The "shops" at the mall in question (that is, the National Mall) sell bottled water, sodas, and ice cream bars. Plus cheesy souvenirs, hats, and t-shirts. Also, the shops are tiny trailers or pushcarts. I suppose the gift shops at the Smithsonian might count here (though I think that's stretching a point), but I haven't seen pressure cookers at any of them.

Comment Re:Not pointless... (Score 0) 461

"Did you know that in the District of Columbia, the Mayor or his representative can revoke your license for any reason at all, and the only appeal is to the Mayor?" No. Could you please point us to the law that authorizes mayoral driver's license revocation? (I'm betting you can't.) Also, no matter what DC law might say, there would definitely be a way to obtain collateral review of such revocation in the federal courts. Review might not succeed, but it would be available.
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DARPA's ALASA Could Pave Way For Cheaper, Faster Satellite Launches 91

hypnosec writes DARPA is all set to take its Airborne Launch Assist Space Access module (ALASA) program to the next level after the program has shown promising results toward its mission of sending 100-pound satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) for just $1 million per launch." ALASA is a new program that seeks to streamline production and encourage re-usability and interchangeability in satellite systems.

Comment Re: Camera gun (Score 4, Insightful) 765

"Handguns" didn't exist in 1789, so if you're holding up a 1789 piece of paper, you should only get to use a 1789 gun! If you accept a gun made in 2014, then you have to accept ALL the technological features required. It's not that complicated.

Handguns existed at the time the Second Amendment was passed. They weren't nearly as good, no question, but they did exist. More importantly, though, I doubt you'd accept that kind of limitation with respect to the First Amendment, which would allow only handwriting, unamplified speech, acoustic megaphones, woodcuts, manual printing presses, and a few other, mostly one-off or impermanent, means of expression. No internet. No microphones. No audio recording and playback. No video or photographs.

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