It could well be this is just a judge wanting to highlight a really badly written law by sticking to exactly what is written when this came to him. Generally judges don't get to determine what the law actually is, just whether a case is in breach of the law, so this is one of the few ways they can create pressure to fix things which are broken
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Re: Amazon set the precident
Quick look for that case, it sounds like the difference here is that it's being brought under California law rather than federal law. The federal courts were criticised in that case for having weaker protections for employees when doing things like waiting to clock in, which the security checks were classed as the same as
Slightly less tongue in cheek, of the top 6 (since you jump to number 12 after that) we only have definite ways to reduce 1, 2 and 6. Reduction in smoking would reduce #2 by a lot and #6 we don't really know how much it could be impacted since your numbers don't separate type-1 and type-2, only one of which we know how to reduce the chances of.
Surprisingly, stress and smoking both have significant impacts on coronary heart disease, so reducing smoking and reducing stress would help with this a lot (Scotland saw a 10% reduction in CHD after the smoking ban came into place). It can also be caused by diabetes, so reducing that would also reduce CHD. The last primary cause of CHD is cholestorol, which can be caused by diabetese (hence how this can contribute to CHD), smoking (same), lack of exercise, alcohol consumption and obesity.
Diet is also a contributing factor, although there's been questions raised recently on whether this is a direct influence like obesity or alcohol (apparently consumption of cholesterol in foods like eggs is no longer considered to cause increase in the bloodstream as it's broken down during digestion) or whether it's just a case of a bad diet results in obesity and then that's what leads to CHD
Since an increase in exercise would reduce obesity and inherently reduces cholestorol, it would seem to follow that rather than banning fast food or television we should be banning cars so that people have to walk or cycle to work. This would also reduce pollution which would likely reduce issues of lung cancer and lung disease, as well as reducing road traffic accidents, reduce incedents of type 2 diabetes and, since regular exercise can increase endorphins, potentially reduce suicide rates
Oh, and of course there's no reason you have to stick with a single issue which causes deaths at once, so why not deal with guns at the same time as health conditions? It would make your walk to work safer if nothing else
Re: I know I'm in a minority on here
He was convinced there was criminal activity going on and that his superiors were covering it up, meaning the standard procedure for reporting it was broken. The courts have confirmed that at least some of the activity he leaked was criminal too, so he was right at least to some degree.
Considering the abuses Manning had when she released documents and handed herself in though though (the courts ruled that her treatment constituted pre-trial punishment) and the threats from congressmen about having him executed as an enemy combatant (which would bypass the whole "fair trial" thing) would make it seem unlikely he would actually face justice and more face revenge for revealing criminal activity
Oh, and Congress members have confirmed that they've not been provided any evidence, even after requesting it, that lives were put at risk by his leaks. Which is probably because of the fact that the documents were redacted before being released to prevent that kind of thing happening
Re: Easy Peasy...
Honesly I'd quite like a ruling on this, as it gets pretty murky when you start dealing with things at the remove TPB technically is. If I tell someone about a local guy who sells bootleg DVDs, am I committing a crime by doing so because I'm telling them how to commit a crime? Does it only become a crime to tell them if that person then goes on and buys the DVD, or if I accept money for providing the information?
Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'
Problem there is you then fall into the deceptive god problem, where God would have to have created the world in a way which explicitly contradicted his own gospel, and as a result could result in damnation for people who believe in the evidence of the earth itself over the gospel. I've seen religious folk call this a "test", and others suggest it was actually Satan who added things like fossils, but both run into issues themselves so it seems like most young earth creationists just go with the "we're interpreting the evidence differently" (ie the bible is part of the evidence set and supersedes physical evidence)
Most likely the teacher either assumed he was just trying to skive off or they needed to submit the work as evidence of them having done their job. Either way, if your son can just work through the coursework independently and finish it early the teacher should be satisfied (if not then they're the power trip kind of teacher which, while rare, does exist and would probably be annoyed regardless of what he did)
Also good on your son for being willing to consider the usefulness of what he's studying while working on it at a fairly young age. Should be good at handling self guided learning in future
Honestly GIMP isn't a great example of a FOSS project, the developers have had issues with the idea of implementing features which people mention are present in Photoshop because they don't like being compared, even if the feature is a good one (single window mode for example), and have made some fairly bizarre changes which make sense in terms of logic but not usability (can't save as a jpeg or png anymore, have to export as one which means you still get the "You haven't saved" warnings)
Krita, MyPaint, Blender and Inkscape have made far more rapid progress towards usability because of their willingness to interact with the users and bring them in for advice (Blender has their movie projects, Krita and MyPaint have a professional illustrator as part of the team to give input on usability)
UK law does actually allow for the laws to be changed retroactively. Whether they should take advantage of that is another issue entirely, but if they can get it through Parliament then it can both criminalise (yes, you can do something legal and then it suddenly becomes illegal after the fact) and de-criminalise past behaviour
I's be curious how this would up in court if he'd fought it. Generally something like this would be used for finding evidence of *other* crimes which the person could be charged for, otherwise the charges are made purely based on his intent to commit a crime and not his having committed the crime itself, which is somewhat questionable to say the least
Re: how many? @Mr. Coward
In fairness the download page for Mint actually gives a pretty good overview of what the different options are. They're for different desktop managers and for no codec versions for specific regions where there could be licencing issues with the codecs. They also include links for the different desktop managers for people who aren't sure of the difference
And there's only one Ubuntu, it's just that as an open source platform people are able to branch it to create new projects *based* on Ubuntu. Most of those aren't even supported by Canonical, and those that are (I think around 4?) tend to be for specialist environments like education and aren't on the main download page
Re: "and they're losing faith.'
OpenOffice/LibreOffice do a good job as substitutes for Office, only issue I've heard of is compatibility because of Microsoft doing non-standard stuff with their formats.
Photoshop you've got Lighttable, Darktable, Krita, Gimp and MyPaint, so most things you want to use it for have a program, although in some edge cases there might be a bit more swapping programs than preferred.
AutoCAD I'll give you though, CAD software is a bit of a pain to find on Linux. There's Blender, 3D Coat and a few other 3D modelling applications, but actual CAD software I think is largely limited to 2D CAD
"Strict legal controls, safeguards and requirements apply to all GCHQ’s activities, which can only be carried out for the statutory purposes and in support of the national security priorities that are set by ministers,"
Didn't they already have the courts rule that some of the things they were doing were illegal, and only got out of it because of the loophole that an employee leaked details of it?
Re: Be Careful what you wish for.@SolidSquid
True, I thought the additional detail was worth mentioning though
Honestly I didn't see much in the way of anti-English sentiment amongst the pro-Independence crowd. There was some I don't doubt, but mostly when people mentioned England in relation to independence it was to clarify that it wasn't England they didn't like, it's being run by Westminster. There was a lot of complaint about how London media companies covered it too, largely that they seemed to claim existance of a lot of anti-English sentiment without really showing any evidence of it, but except for a few outliers most people didn't have any time for that kind of nonsense
I honestly have never heard any of them say that. They complain about how Westminster manages things and that the policies quite often benefit London at the expense of the rest of the UK, but they include cities like Liverpool and Manchester getting a raw deal in that. There seems to be some strange narrative about how the SNP, and Scots who supported them, hate the English, when really they just disagree on the politics of Westminster.
Also I'm not sure how coalition = fix the votes, even if it's an informal coalition
Re: Be Careful what you wish for.
Actually Scotland joined the union because the nobility bankrupted themselves (the Darien Scheme was a private venture, not a state one) and were offered the chance to sell out the country in exchange for their debts being expunged and a seat on the House of Lords. This being before we were a democracy, the nobility were able to do this without public support (the nobles who supported it themselves estimated about 75% opposition by the Scottish population and there were riots across the whole country as a result)
Re: "... would not seek another referendum ..."
Actually I'm talking about Nicola Sturgeon (who's now taken Salmond's position as party leader), who reiterated this after the referendum and since then has been consistent in saying she doesn't intend to push for another referendum (although she raised objection to David Cameron claiming he could prevent a second one)
Re: Leaving the EU
A fairly significant chunk of those who supported independence (and those who opposed it actually) were actually in favour of a federalist system where international issues could be dealt with by Westminster and local issues could be dealt with by local parliaments. If Westminster were running with a similar structure to the EU (limited remit largely covering international issues) then it'd resolve 90% of the complaints Scots have had with how they've managed things
He's got a bit of a problem there, even if he does try and pull back the retoric. Both the EU referendum (if the vote goes for leaving in England but not Scotland) and scrapping the Human Rights Act have the potential to force the UK to split, as both would involve Westminster being in breach of the Scotland Act, the Good Friday Agreement and another I can't remember off hand which applies to Wales (sorry Wales), as all three countries were guaranteed the EU courts as an appeals route
Either that or the English electorate is surprised to find that the SNP, and Scotland as a whole, actually supports the idea of England getting to vote separately on it's own issues (it's actually a party policy for the SNP) and would strongly support moving towards a more federalist system like that.
Also the SNP have been pretty clear that they aren't going to push for another referendum for a while (a "generation" they said, which is usually considered around 20-25 years), with possible exceptions if Westminster tries to push through Europe independence since that violates the Scotland Act and the Good Friday Agreement to boot (actually even the Welsh can get in on that iirc). Generally the SNP seem to have accepted we're staying in the UK and want to do what they can to make sure their constituents are better represented in Westminster instead, which is kind of the point of having a representative democracy
Re: @ M7S
SNP only had candidates for 59 seats, UKIP was campaigning for 624. Even if they only got 5% of the vote in each of those regions, this would swamp the SNP who got an average of 50% of the vote across all of Scotland.
A more useful number would be the percentage of votes per seat they got. While it's not entirely accurate (population count varies between different regions a bit), 650 seats at westminster means around 71,423 voters per seat (based on an electorate of 46,425,386)
UKIP got a total of 3,881,129 across their 624 seats, which would average at 6,220 votes per seat
SNP got a total of 1,454,436 across their 59 seats, which would average at 24,651 votes per seat
So yeah, per seat ran the SNP got a couple hundred short of 4 times the votes which UKIP got in the regions they ran in, it's just that UKIP ran in more places, giving their "total votes" an artificial boost if you use the total electorate as your metric of success
In this case though it's... kind of out of juristiction? I mean the FBI can assist the local law enforcement in whatever country the offender is in, but if they're outside of the US and committing crimes then it really should be the country they're in who enforce the law against them (assuming whatever it is is against the law in that country)
If you're talking about someone committing a crime in one country then leaving to go live in another (whether the one they were originally from or not), then the evidence which got them a warrant plus evidence they were in the country at the time should be sufficient for extradition
Re: Imagine a world without the Interthingy
Pretty sure I remember a story a few years back where it was discovered Al Quaeda had been using steganography to hide messages in innocuous images and then just posting them publically, and because of the way staganography works none of the FBI's tools for detecting illicit communications had been picking it up.
So they are using the internet, just being smart about it