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Lawyer ordered to pay $4.5M to gay U-M student - who's going to pay ?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, August 19 2012 @ 03:15 PM EDT
Could Christopher Armstrong go after the state of Michigan for the award since
Andrew Shirvell was a state employee at the time?

Or would Armstrong first have to prove that Shirvell was on state business when
he made the remarks and posts?

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Private Prosecutions by the **AA
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, August 19 2012 @ 10:54 PM EDT

From the article: private justice with Hollywood money, I'm still not clear on what this poor fellow did wrong. Wikipedia has an article on private prosecutions.

I can't quite see how a legal activity done in the absence of a co-conspirator becomes fraud. I mean, if an unlicensed trade does electrical wiring on people's houses, I'm not sure how that constitutes a fraud against legal electricians. The interpretation of the law seems a bit of a stretch.

This should be a good case on appeal. However, I'm not sure this poor guy can afford the type of legal representation required to compete against the **AA.

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Oracle, slowly strangling MySQL
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 01:14 PM EDT

"Oracle is holding back test cases in the latest release of MySQL. It’s a
move that has all the markings of the company’s continued efforts to further
close up the open source software and alienate the MySQL developer community.

The issue stems back to a recent discovery that the latest MySQL release has bug
fixes but without a single one having any test cases associated with it. That
creates all sorts of problems for developers who have no assurance that the
problem is actually fixed."

Don't tell us you were surprised.

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Alsup censuring Google over paid journalist filing
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 02:39 PM EDT
Or so the verge is reporting. Does anyone have anything
on this yet?

There seem to be few details, but it seems he wasn't
happy with their filing.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration can't afford 20 harddisks?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 03:13 PM EDT
The is a story at

where a clueless U.S. attorney wants to dismiss a case of a man indicted in 2007
on charges of illegally selling prescription drugs.

The reason? The case has now amassed a staggering 2TB data, which allegedly make
up 5 % of the DEA's world-wide electronic storage capacity.

2TB is 5 %? Then 20 cheap harddisks of 2 TB at less than $100 a piece would be
less than $2,000 in total. For good SSD harddrives a lot more, but still within
reach for DEA, at least for major case like that.

Very strange. I hope I missed something here.

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1756 - Burn’s Justice of the Peace: “a woman can not conceive unless she doth consent”
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 03:59 PM EDT
The 1756 edition of Burn’s Justice of the Peace, the standard guide for English magistrates, cites authorities back to the Institutes of Justinian to the effect that “a woman can not conceive unless she doth consent.” It does, however, go on to point out that as matter of law, if not of biology, this doctrine is dubious.

Another writer argued that pregnancy ought to be taken as proof of acquiescence since the fear, terror, and aversion that accompany a true rape would prevent an [redacted] from occurring and thus make conception unlikely.

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

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Congress Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls' With SHIELD Act
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 04:13 PM EDT

Congress Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls' With SHIELD Act

Well that is a step. Can we suggest more?

I don't know if it is possible legally, but if it is I would suggest that every deal that mentions patents, protection against patents, licenses for patents should become renegotiable every time a patent is found invalid that was owned by one of the parties. Whatever the deal says.

The party owning that patent would have to readopt the past, I mean pay back the negotiated amount unless it really can prove to have properly calculated the risk that prior art would exist and have acted accordingly. (Like organised better searches, adapt licence prizes, etc.) You have to do something if you want to pose as an inventor or his replacement.

Search for prior art by a party requested to pay for a patent license should be payed back if it is successful or if, as a result, it can be shown that the search for prior art by the patent owning company was not properly done, like obvious places where not checked.

Perhaps we should think at some kind of class action about the validity of the patent, in one place, where every potential accused party can join limiting legal costs and legal time. The patent holder should submit a list of every company it is looking at. (And losses the possibility to sue the companies not mentioned in the list unless it can show it could not have known of possible infringement.) And a fast procedure in first instance over possible infringement, once the patent is declared valid.

I think this would stop the described troll behavior. This without trowing out the software patent idea, what I would prefer, but only punishing bad behavior of the patent owning company, as it was found by the congressmen.

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News Picks Threads
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 06:08 PM EDT
Judge Alsup: Google didn't comply with blogger disclosure order in Oracle trial.

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