Technology – makes a man firm, makes a brain soft

Using system prompt commands may be a sign of criminal activity. A Boston College student has their computer, cell phone, and other items seized after because the command line prompt is apparently probable cause.

In his application, the investigating officer asked that he be permitted to seize the student’s computers and other personal effects because they might yield evidence of the crimes of “Obtaining computer services by Fraud or Misrepresentation” and “Unauthorized access to a computer system.” Aside from the remarkable overreach by campus and state police in trying to paint a student as suspicious in part because he can navigate a non-Windows computer environment, nothing cited in the warrant application could possibly constitute the cited criminal offenses. There are no assertions that a commercial (i.e. for pay) commercial service was defrauded, a necessary element of any “Obtaining computer services by Fraud or Misrepresentation” allegation. Similarly, the investigating officer doesn’t explain how sending an e-mail to a campus mailing list might constitute “unauthorized access to a computer system.”

And why do you hate Freedom anyway?

Trial begins in murder of transgendered woman and I highly doubt the jury will give even the slightest sliver of thought to a thirty odd year old man going to someone barely legal for sex. Also, this sort of thing does serve as a reminder to all of my trans siblings that tis’ a REALLY BAD IDEA to not mention things like, you know, gender status when one is entering a sexual situation. I can’t imagine someone not knowing that before I go into the bedroom with them except in the most unusual of circumstances.
Nonetheless, the “moment of rage” defense is vomitous and I hope he winds up in prison for a very long time.

Verdict in Pirate Bay Trial – Guilty each of the defendants are looking at a year of jail time. The defendants are, of course, appealing – and remain free pending any such action. I expect the political repercussions of this will drive a spike into the middle of Europe. No, I’m not engaging in hyperbole. Of course, despite some opinions I still think the RIAA will implode. Hopefully soon.

Glaxo and Pfizer combine to create new new HIV fighting Voltron which, nevertheless, will I’m sure find some way to do evil anyway. This is the pharmaceutical industry after all.

The NSA has broken a new eavesdropping law and dozens are stunned.

The land of the Scopes Monkey Trial is apparently still administrated by the inbred – as public schools across the state are filtering positive TBLG content from their computers….but leaving the “cure homosexuality” bullshit searchable.
Hey, guys, your messiah doesn’t exist, okay? Now you just keep on perpetuating the 3100 year old sheep herder cultural memes.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on April 17, 2009.

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