* Posts by steward

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France says 'Oui!' to three strikes for music pirates

steward
Pirate

Given what is NOT prosecuted in workplace incidents...

I think French citizens annoyed with this could take government officials hostage. After all, workers aren't prosecuted for taking CEO's hostage in France.

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US prosecutor orders Craigslist 'erotic listings' shutdown

steward
Black Helicopters

General McMaster needs to read some Federal law

Specifically 42 USC 1983:

"Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia. "

And a prosecutor is NOT a judicial officer in the American system of jurisprudence. McMaster may think he's got a cute way of getting himself publicity, but if he really moves it into the legal realm, he will probably be sued by Craigslist personally. With no prosecutorial immunity. Does this idiot really want to be broke, and, since it would be a civil rights violation, probably lose his license to practice law?

Maybe he should have a talk first with former prosecutor and former lawyer Mike Nifong of North Carolina (of Duke University fame, see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19279621/ )

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Did Sun's total package kill the IBM deal?

steward
Boffin

The best thing for customers? Really?

An Anonymous Coward blathered:

"Sun staying independent is the best for customers, employees and partners."

If it were the best thing for customers, it would be IBM heading into bankruptcy and Sun dictating terms. Notice it's not.

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Secret European project to battle online jihad

steward
Black Helicopters

I can't wait...

for the UK govt to get into this and ban US revolutionary, er terrorism, songs from the Internet. No Yankee Doodle for you, netheads! George Washington was a UK traitor and terrorist, after all!

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DARPA: Give us solar cells you can use to build stuff

steward
Flame

Mister Cockup?

"DARPA, the Pentagon techwar shop where they're not at home to Mister Practical; but where rooms are always kept prepared for Mister Unfeasible and his old chum Mister Cockup."

So I take it El Reg regards the Internet as impractical and unfeasible?

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Sun shares sink as IBM deal breaks down

steward
Gates Horns

It's time for IBM to give Sun a dose of reality

Before the rumors started circulating, Sun was at $4.97 / share. IBM should withdraw its offer and make a new offer: $5 / share this week, and $4 / share next week.

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Microsoft promises 'lessons learned' on IE 8 download day

steward
Jobs Horns

If M$ needs a special tag...

Then that tag should be for content specific to their browser, not for content which works perfectly well everywhere else. I have no personal deadline for making my sites conform to M$; I might consider adding a visible tag "If this page looks weird, try a browser other than MSIE 8."

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Man U fan pwned in Facebook honeypot

steward
Pirate

Facebook's servers are still in California, so...

I guess if he wants he can file charges in California under long-arm jurisdiction; after all, it -is- now illegal to violate TOS and make phony profiles. And lets face it, the Brit Gov is too scared of the US not to extradite if requested.

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BOFH: A safe bet

steward
Pirate

Has the new boss done a pre-emptive strike?

1 BOFH in 5 weeks: has he been pre-emptively locked in the safe?

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Google on trial over Italian 'defamation' vid

steward
Black Helicopters

Remember too that Germany didn't invent fascism

Stef writes:

"Great, let's moderate every single piece of information that ever goes onto the internet. That shouldn't take long. Anything that the Net Tzars don't agree with gets burned. Didn't Hitler do that with books?"

Well, Italy was the first fascist nation - even before Germany. It appears the Allies didn't take the fascist elements out as completely as needed. Time to retake possession.

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Deviants, perverts, 'weirdos' - who's going down?

steward
Black Helicopters

What if...

someone is stimulated by the Prime Minister's questions addressing bombings of towns during Middle Eastern wars or police actions?

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Goat hangs self in Canadian zoo

steward
Black Helicopters

Good thing this didn't happen in the UK

A coroner's inquest would be convened, and testimony would be offered that the goat was a regular internet user, and got the information to hang itself from the Web. Several MP's would then call for laws regulating suicide information sites to thwart the possible copygoat suicides.

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Web designer sues Brat City for assaulting hyperlink

steward
Pirate

Sir Tim should have copyrighted the web

Then he and the W3C could serve as the Web Supreme Court, with the W3C continuing on for 50 years from whenever he passes on.

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Erotic artist urges spanking for Jacqui Smith

steward
Alien

Offensive?

"grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character"

Will the Beeb be placed under sanctions for recording the Prime Minister's questions and shipping then to C-SPAN on the western side of the big pond?

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Judge refuses to lift order squelching students' subway card hack

steward
Alien

@Anonymous coward / Note key words!

In the matter of copyright, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the word "limited" essentially means "unlimited".

It is the same with "temporary" restraining orders, which, in some cases, stay in effect for years.

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Net shoppers bullied into being Verified by Visa

steward
Black Helicopters

This is a wonderful business model

That is, if Visa wants to promote use of American Express, which I've been using since I first hit a Verified by Visa screen!

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Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

steward
Jobs Horns

Unlike Microsoft...

"The culture at Google values 'coolness' tremendously, and the quality of service not as much."

Whereas at Microsoft, judging by their products, neither coolness nor quality of service is valued. Still one up for Google there!

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How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew

steward
Pirate

AVG *is* a black hat

" But the company may worry that divulging too much information would feed the black hats."

AVG generates traffic on the web and accesses computers, not for the purpose of information distribution for which they were intended, but to test computers -even when the user looking things up on Google has not tried to access the page-.

AVG is no better than a dDOS scam, at least as far as information providers and bandwidth providers are concerned.

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Pirate Bay offers uncensored, ad-backed blog hole

steward
Pirate

Maybe you have it right in the UK, Mr. Lovell

but in the US - at least under the Constitution - freedom of speech is a wholly different right from freedom to speak against the authorities.

Freedom of speech refers to the prohibition against Congress (and state governments, under the 14th amendment) "abridging the freedom of speech."

Freedom of the press refers to the prohibition against Congress (and state governments, under the 14th amendment) "abridging the freedom ...of the press."

Freedom to yell at the authorities refers to the right of the people "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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