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Submission + - California Pulls Plug on $2 billion court computer system (wordpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The California Legislature has pulled the plug on an IT plan to combine all 58 county court systems — but not before $500 million was blown on the project. The entire project was nothing more than a simple web-2.0 CMS — but nonetheless ballooned into a $2 billion boondoggle. One subcontract went so out-of-control that it had 102 change orders and a 10x cost-overrun.

Submission + - Arizona attempts to make trolling illegal. (yahoo.com) 1

LordofEntropy writes: "Though unlikely to pass any First Amendment test. Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer has a bill on her desk that would in essence make "trolling" illegal. The law states "It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use ANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.""

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