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Submission + - State high court's search ruling hard to swallow (

vandon writes: From In a 3-2 decision in which the desire to avoid violence apparently outweighed the clear language and intent of the fourth Amendment, the Indiana Supreme court last week ruled you have no right to resist even if police kick your door in without a warrant. “We believe a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern jurisprudence,” wrote Justice Steven David

Submission + - What Larry Ellison was reading a few years ago (

vandon writes: As you know, Sun's open source software and microprocessor strategy has been, at times controversial. We've filled trade journals and chat rooms with all kinds of dialog and the occasional crackpot conspiracy theory. As many have rightly assumed from the outset, that controversy was, in fact, not a byproduct of the strategy — it was the strategy: if you're talking about Sun, you're not talking about the other guy. And then you'll buy a datacenter. But now that we've firmly established our reputation for open source leadership, I'm very worried there's no more controversy to be had. There's too much trust in the system, and too much clarity around our strategic intent. So it's getting tougher and tougher to kick up a storm — and we can't very well spend a billion dollars or change our ticker symbol every time we want to generate a headline. Now can we?

So today I'd like to unfurl the second chapter of our strategy.
We want you to give it all back. You couldn't possibly believe we'd let you keep it, did you?


Submission + - Berkeley High School to cut science labs (

vandon writes: East Bay Express news has this rather odd news about plans for Berkeley High School to cut science labs as part of the school's measures to "address Berkeley's dismal racial achievement gap." Apparently white students at the school do "far better than the state average while black and Latino students [do] worse." Fair enough. That's something worth looking into, but taking away science labs? According to one of the people who helped put forth the proposal, "science labs were largely classes for white students." So, just do away with them? Why not explore why that is? Or see if there's something more proactive to be done about it? Of course, it's not even true that it's just white kids taking science labs.

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