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Open Source developers file against Microsoft in Europe ..
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 26 2013 @ 06:43 PM EDT
"MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish association representing open-source software users has filed a complaint against Microsoft Corp to the European Commission .. In its 14-page complaint, Hispalinux said Windows 8 contained an "obstruction mechanism" called UEFI Secure Boot that controls the start-up of the computer and means users must seek keys from Microsoft to install another operating system" ..

"This is absolutely anti-competitive"

"It's really bad for the user and for the European software industry"

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Dog sniff at the front door of a house... constitutes a search for purposes of the 4th Amendment
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 26 2013 @ 11:26 PM EDT
Prior to hearing oral argument in the Proposition 8 case this morning, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Florida v. Jardines, the other dog sniff case (Florida v. Harris was decided last month).  In an opinion written by Justice Scalia, the Court affirmed the Florida Supreme Court.  The Court held a dog sniff at the front door of a house where the police suspected drugs were being grown constitutes a search for purposes of the Fourth Amendment.  Justice Kagan filed a concurrence joined by Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor.  Justice Alito filed a dissent joined by the Chief Justice, and Justices Kennedy and Breyer.

Justice Scalia’s opinion for the Court resolved the Fourth Amendment question solely on property rights grounds, holding that bringing a dog to conduct a forensic search on someone’s porch constitutes a trespass at common law and, under the reasoning of last term’s GPS case, United States v. Jones, constituted a search subject to the limitations of the Fourth Amendment.

Kevin Russell, SCOTUSblog

This could be influential when border search of phones/computers makes it in front of the supremes

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The Troll Went Down to Georgia - Court Censorship Order Threatens Message Boards Everywhere
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 27 2013 @ 06:48 AM EDT
Earlier this month, a Georgia Superior Court issued a breathtaking restraining order against Matthew Chan, the operator of a copyright troll criticism message board, holding him responsible for the posts of his users. As part of the Court’s reasoning, Judge Frank Jordan wrote:
As the owner and operator of the site, Respondent has the ability to remove posts in his capacity as the moderator. However, Respondent chose not to remove posts that were personally directed at [Petitioner Linda] Ellis and would cause a reasonable person to fear for her safety.
The Court used this as a basis to order Chan “to remove all posts relating to Ms. Ellis.” All posts, not just posts that might threaten Ellis, or even just those written by Chan. This woefully overboard restraint on speech not only threatens freedom of expression, it also ignores Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the legal cornerstone upon which all user-generated content websites are built.
Kurt Opsahl, EFF

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Google Glass May Not Be Welcome for Drivers in West Virginia
Authored by: JamesK on Wednesday, March 27 2013 @ 10:16 AM EDT
A state lawmaker introduces a bill that would forbid drivers from wearing and using head-mounted displays such as Google Glass on West Virginia roads.

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Supreme Court rules police need wiretap authority to seize text messages
Authored by: JamesK on Wednesday, March 27 2013 @ 11:43 AM EDT
The Supreme Court is expected to clarify Wednesday whether police need a search warrant or wiretap authority to snoop on cellphone text messages as part of criminal investigations

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Canada - Supreme Court: police need wiretap authority, not just a search warrant, to snoop texts
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 27 2013 @ 11:45 AM EDT
In a 5-2 decision, the court has sided with wireless giant Telus and quashed a general warrant that had forced the company to turn over all texts to police.


The warrant forced the company to email police a copy of the customers' texts every day for two weeks, unbeknownst to the owners of the phones.

Telus appealed to the Supreme Court after losing its initial bid to quash the warrant.

The Tyee


R. v. TELUS Communications Co.

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Here today, gone tomorrow: director of Nokia’s mapping platform joins SoundCloud
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 27 2013 @ 02:24 PM EDT
Sylvain Grande, who led the development teams behind the Here mapping and location-based services platform, will start in a new role at SoundCloud next week. He won’t have a direct replacement.

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Killing hackers is justified in cyber warfare
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 27 2013 @ 03:33 PM EDT
A landmark document created at the request of NATO has proposed a set of rules for how international cyberwarfare should be conducted. Written by 20 experts in conjunction with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the US Cyber Command, the Talli nn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare analyzes the rules of conventional war and applies them to state-sponsored cyberattacks.

Unsurprisingly, the manual advises that attacks must avoid targets such as hospitals, dams, and nuclear power stations in order to minimize civilian casualties, but also makes some bold statements regarding retaliatory conduct. According to the manual's authors, it's acceptable to retaliate against cyberattacks with traditional weapons when a state can prove the attack lead to death or severe property damage. It also says that hackers who perpetrate attacks are legitimate targets for a counterstrike.

Aaron Souppouris, The Verge

no word yet if the definition of 'hackers' includes 'spammers' too

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Ask patent troll Nathan Myhrvold on /.
Authored by: Superbowl H5N1 on Wednesday, March 27 2013 @ 03:57 PM EDT

Slashdot is hosting a question and answer session with the infamous patent troll Nathan Myrhvold from Intellectual Ventures.

Here's where you can get the computer RMS uses:

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Off topic. This one was scary ! lol
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 01 2013 @ 11:53 AM EDT
Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix !

When we think about SCO that is the headline i try to avoid :)

Have fun with that one.

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