This is exactly the sort idiotic bullshit that needs to come to a stop. How much tax money is Pennsylvania going to use not only passing this law, but defending it against the ACLU a lawsuit, only to almost certainly lose because it violates 200+ years of 1st Amendment jurisprudence?
Not to mention it only applies in Pennsylvania, so any ex-con that wants to speak or write a book about her crime need only go to one if the other 49 states to do it with impunity, all while having the exact same "traumatic" impact on the victims.
This is nothing new for AMPAS. They've even gone after recipients who have tried to *give* their Oscars away to charities and museums. They absolutely hate that the statues pass down to family members along with the rest of a recipient's property and would love to be able to include a "right of reclamation" upon the death of the recipient to the award conditions, but their lawyers have told them that's a step too far even for them.
> That would be up to the court to decide ... > in Minnesota.
No, it wouldn't. You don't really have any idea how extradition works, do you?
Any attempt at extradition would require a judicial hearing in *my* state first, and all I would have to do is show the judge in *my* state that I was not in Minnesota on the date and time when the alleged crime was committed, and extradition would be denied to Minnesota.
> I have never understood, even a little, why prostitution itself > is a crime. I don't see any difference between being a prostitute > and being employed in any other field: in all cases, we are > exchanging the use of our bodies for money.
Indeed. And all the evils that the anti-prostitution folks always cite in defense of these laws (violence against the girls, violence against the johns, drug use, spread of disease, etc.) all go away once it's legalized. One only needs to look at the legal brothels in Nevada to see that. All those bad things only happen *because* it's illegal.
> You seriously want to replace US regulatory > policy for broadband because one hotel in > Tokyo has snappy Wifi?
You might have a point if I was offering my personal anecdote as sole evidence of my position, when in reality, I merely offered it as a personal validation of facts and statistics about the state of consumer broadband reported in many different countries the world over.
When the average consumer in Vietnam has better and cheaper broadband than consumers in Miami and Los Angeles, something's screwy, no matter what spin you guys in the cable industry put on it.
Absolutely spot on. This site is really verging on tabloid level bullshit with it's anti-cop slant recently. While there are certainly plenty of instances of police misconduct, I have to wonder what the hell most of the ones reported here have to do with technology, which is the purported raison d'être of this blog's existence, after all. While it's certainly Masnick, et al's right to write about whatever they please on their site, I come here for tech news and commentary, not cop abuse news. There are plenty of other forums devoted specifically to that should the topic interest me. I used to check in here religiously every day. Now it's only a couple times a week and the drift of this blog away from its core subject matter is the main reason why. And I'm not the only one. I know of several other once-loyal readers who no longer visit for the same reason. Maybe the site has gained other readers who love the site's recent metamorphosis into a cop-watch blog, so it's a wash to the powers that be around here, but I nevertheless find it sad that what used to be a very interesting daily read has degenerated into an endless series of "Bad cop! No donut!" anecdotes.
In the present case it seems that his anti-police zeal got the better of Masnick and he is either purposely or just negligently portraying a call for a Rams merchandise boycott (which very much *is*within the 1st Amendment rights of the STL cops) with a threat of refusing to protect the stadium and the fans, which is absurd. And in any event, there is nothing about this story that touches on the topic of technology, so yet again, the question becomes why it's even here.
> Last I checked, the E.U. is not a global world > government body. Only the E.U. would be so arrogant > to think it actually was.
No, the American government has a long and rich history of believing its laws apply everywhere in the universe as well. One only has to look no further than the Kim Dotcom case to see that. Even when American laws conflict with the actual laws of a foreign country, American authorities have insisted that the country ignore its own laws in favor American laws and turn its citizens over to the U.S. for prosecution.
The EU is just taking the American example and embracing the suck.
> Advocate-General of Minnesota: "Persons outside > of Minnesota who transmit information via the > internet knowing that information will be disseminated > in Minnesota are subject to jurisdiction in Minnesota > courts for violations of state criminal and civil laws".
Oops, indeed. Minnesota can pass such a law, but it has no authority under our federalist system of government to enforce it, or to bind citizens in other states or countries to whatever spews forth from its legislature. I don't live in Minnesota, I didn't vote for the people passing laws there, and I'm not subject to their jurisdiction.
Merely putting a website up on the internet doesn't subject me to any jurisdiction other than the state where I'm actually located and the federal government.