The issue of copyright is a hot one in the UK right now and the government isn’t scared of getting involved. It has been putting huge amounts of pressure on ISPs to take action against alleged music file-sharers, so imagine, if you will, the beautiful crimson color Prime Minister Brown’s face will turn today when he is declared a pirate too.
Amongst other things, Anthony from antbag.com makes WordPress themes – he gives them away for free but if someone wants to donate, they can. His work is released under Creative Commons 3.0 license, which means that if someone wants to use a theme ‘as is’ or modified in some way, they are required to credit him. A link in the footer of every theme he creates points back to Anthony’s site – this is the minimum attribution he expects, which is pretty damn reasonable.
So imagine Anthony’s surprise when he discovered that his NetWorker theme for WordPress had been used by the British government without honoring the Creative Commons license. The theme has been heavily modified, including the removal of all links back to his site, but Anthony has been able to verify from the source files that Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s own website is in fact built on NetWorker.
It is clear that Brown’s site indeed uses the Anthony’s theme – violating the Creative Commons license. Not only was the link to the the original removed, Brown’s site should have also made their version available under a similar license – share alike.
Who knew that the US is currently exporting 1.8 million barrels of oil a day?
To make sure everybody does, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, sent a public letter to President Bush, asking him to “keep our oil at home.”
The letter didn’t specify how, but it didn’t miss the opportunity to take a shot at the GOP plan to open up protected offshore waters to oil drilling.
…..at the current export rate, by the time the first barrel of oil could be produced from increased offshore drilling, America would have already exported the equivalent of nearly 40 percent of the oil that is projected to lie beneath protected areas offshore.
One of the features of Apple’s device that appeals to me is the new MobileMe service, where you can “access and manage your email, contacts, calendar, photos, and files at me.com,” according to Apple. More companies, among them Microsoft and Google, already allow people to store information and use common services online – or “in the cloud” – leading analysts to refer to the entire trend as “cloud computing”.
This iteration of “cloud computing” puts your personal data on an accessible server held by a third party, which you replicate on multiple machines and access from virtually anywhere. Putting aside the security, data storage, data retention, data destruction and other pesky issues associated with doing business in the cloud, one fundamental issue remains: Your data is being hosted, stored and transmitted through a third party. As far as the law is concerned then, that third party has control of your data and may therefore be subject to a subpoena for your data, often without your knowledge or ability to object.
On July 11, 2008, Steven Warshak, the president of a nutrition supplement company, learned the hard way about the dangers of using web-based email. On May 6, 2005, the government got such an order for the contents of his emails.
Thus, in the case of email messages stored and sent in the cloud, the government doesn’t need a warrant, doesn’t need probable cause, and doesn’t need to provide the “owner” of the communications with notice. At least, not right away. Indeed, the government can request that the ISP “preserve” future communications that haven’t even been conceived of yet, so that the government may demand them if the situation warrants.
Contrast this procedure with that required by both the US Constitution and the rules implementing them. If the mail was, for example, stored not by an ISP, but rather on Warshak’s own internal mail server (and putting aside subpoenas to the recipients of the emails), the government would need a warrant, supported by probable cause – not just “reasonable grounds to believe” – with an oath or affirmation to a neutral magistrate. Under the Fourth Amendment, the warrant would have to specify exactly what was to be searched for and seized, and the evidence seized would have to be supported by probable cause. The warrant would have to be narrowly tailored to seize only the evidence for which there was probable cause, and could not be what the law calls a “general warrant”. Finally, the government would have to prepare an inventory of whatever was seized, and give a copy of the warrant and a receipt to the suspect.
Nine American Eagle airplanes were grounded Tuesday after a TSA inspector, conducting an overnight security check, used sensitive instrument probes to climb onto the parked aircraft at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, aviation sources tell ABCNews.com.
The TSA agent, as part of spot inspection of aircraft security, climbed onto the parked aircraft using control sensors mounted on the fuselage as handholds, according to a TSA official in Chicago, Elio Montenegro.
“Our inspector was following routine procedure for securing the aircraft that were on the tarmac,” Montenegro told ABCNews.com.
Well, a plane that can’t fly is the most secure plane…
Feel safer yet?