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Grandson of legendary John Deere engineer defends right-to-repair and condemns Big Ag for "taxing customers"

Willie Cade's grandfather Theo Cade was one of John Deere's most storied engineers, with 158 patents to his name; he invented the manure spreader and traveled the country investigating stories of how farmers were using, fixing, modifying and upgrading their equipment; today, Willie Cade is the founder of the Electronics Reuse Conference, having spent a quarter-century repairing electronics, diverting e-waste from landfills and rehabilitating it for use by low-income schools and individuals. ...
Tags: Post, Business, Corruption, Even If You Pay For The Product You're The Product, John Deere, Law, Monopolism, Right To Repair

California's Right to Repair Bill, killed by Big Ag and Apple, has been reintroduced

Last year, California was one of several states to introduce right to repair legislation that would force companies to end practices that discourage the independent repair sector, creating a requirement to sell replacement parts, provide documentation, and supply codes to bypass DRM systems that locked new parts out of devices until the company activated them. The bills were mostly defeated, thanks to coalitions led by Apple -- which subsequently warned its investors that its profits were...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, News, Law, California, US, Stockton, Agribusiness, SMEs, Big Ag, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Right To Repair, CALPIRG, Mikey Campbell, Maureen Mahoney

Case study on the Ginsburg conspiracy theories in action

#WheresRuth. Even as the answer – working from home while recovering from cancer surgery – was covered by journalists and confirmed by the Supreme Court itself, this hashtag and similar ones populated Twitter in January and February. False allegations about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s status ranged from standard political rumors (e.g., that she planned to announce her retirement soon) to massive conspiracy theories (e.g., that she was in a medically induced coma or that her death was being hid...
Tags: Post, Featured, Nbc, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Fox News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collins, ABA Journal, Woods, James Woods, Miller, Ruth, Ginsberg

A massive victory for fair use in the longrunning Dr Seuss vs Star Trek parody lawsuit

Back in 2016, the Dr Seuss estate won a preliminary court action against "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!" a crowdfunded parody of Dr Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" and Star Trek, written by veteran Star Trek creator David "Tribble" Gerrold and illustrated by the comics giant Ty Templeton. In 2017, Comicmix, the publisher, secured a partial legal victory, but the Seuss estate wasn't done -- they have been litigating ever since, but now it appears the fight is done, and Comicmix has pr...
Tags: Google, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Supreme Court, Law, Parody, Star Trek, Fair Use, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Timothy Geigner, Kirk, Mattel Inc

Pentagon reassures public that its autonomous robotic tank adheres to "legal and ethical standards" for AI-driven killbots

The Pentagon is seeking bids to improve its Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS) so that it can "acquire, identify, and engage targets at least 3X faster than the current manual process." When this public tender sparked concern that the Pentagon's autonomous tanks were gaining automated targeting and firing capabilities -- that is, that they would be autonomous killbots -- the Pentagon updated the tender to reassure critics that "development and use of autonomous and se...
Tags: Post, News, Department Of Defense, Atlas, Military, Pentagon, Ai, Weapons Of Math Destruction, Ai And Ethics, Killbots, Lethal False Positives, Matt Novak Gizmodo

Judge tells jury to acquit accused sex trafficker because God said she's innocent

In Comal County, Texas, judge Jack Robison, presiding over the trial of accused sex trafficker Gloria Romero Perez, walked into the jury room after the jurors landed on a guilty verdict and urged them to reverse their decision because God says she's innocent. Unswayed, the jurors stuck to their guilty verdict. Another judge later ruled the case a mistrial while the Texas Judicial Commission let Robison off with a public warning. From My San Antonio: "The judge later apologized to the jury,...
Tags: Post, Legal, News, Law, Courts, Judges, San Antonio, Robison, Comal County Texas, Jack Robison, Gloria Romero Perez, Texas Judicial Commission, Courtrooms, Lord Knows

It's on: House Democrats introduce their promised Net Neutrality legislation

House Democrats have made good on their promise to introduce the Save the Internet Act, legislation mandating Network Neutrality, which would force the FCC to reinstate the policy that Trump's Chairman Ajit Pai used a string of dirty tricks and illegal maneuvers to destroy. Such legislation cannot pass without the support of Senate Republicans, but it's still a canny move by the Democrats, since many of those Republicans represent the largely rural states that are ground zero for the worst ...
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Law, Senate, Pennsylvania, Democrats, House, US Senate, Trump, Markey, Ajit Pai, Ed Markey, Mike Doyle

A brilliant, simple exercise to teach privacy fundamentals

Kate Klonick, an assistant professor at St John's Law School, teaches an Information Privacy course for second- and third-year law students; she devised a wonderful and simply exercise to teach her students about "anonymous speech, reasonable expectation of privacy, third party doctrine, and privacy by obscurity" over the spring break. Klonick's students were assigned to sit in a public place and eavesdrop on nearby conversations, then, using only Google searches, "see if you can de-anonymi...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Education, Privacy, Law, Pedagogy, Third Party Doctrine, Kate Klonick, Klonick, Norms, Occupy Law School, Re-identification Attacks, St John s Law School

Juror's concern that man on trial didn't swear on the bible results in the verdict getting tossed

On Friday, an appeals court judge in Camden County, New Jersey tossed out a verdict against Dr. Abbas Husain who in 2011 a jury found guilty of having sexually harassed an office employee. It came out later that one of the jurors was "very passionate" and concerned that Husain, who is Hindu, hadn't put his hand on the bible when taking the oath to testify. The juror had raised her concern with other jurors. From “The juror's comment regarding the Bible raises the specter of religiou...
Tags: Post, News, Law, Religion, Jury, Courts, Judges, Trials, Husain, Camden County New Jersey, Bibles, Abbas Husain, Camden County Superior Court

Man who yelled "guilty!" to get out of jury duty was promptly arrested

I guess it's kind of like yelling fire in a crowded theater: Jacob Maldonado of Honolulu, Hawaii had been called as a possible juror in a misdemeanor assault trial but really didn't want to serve on the jury. So just before the selection process began, Maldonado yelled “He is guilty! He is guilty!” outside the courtroom. From (Judge Edward) Kubo declared a mistrial, finding the man’s disturbance had affected the 44 other potential jurors, according to the judge’s order. ...
Tags: Post, News, Law, Jury, Courts, Judges, Trials, Kubo, HONOLULU Hawaii, Maldonado, Jacob Maldonado, Jason Burks, Edward Kubo, Pershing County Nevada

Help Chelsea Manning pay for lawyers to resist a Grand Jury subpoena

Whistleblower and torture-survivor Chelsea Manning (previously) has been summoned before a Grand Jury, seemingly to testify about her "2010 disclosures of information about the nature of asymmetric warfare to the public." Like many activists before her, Manning is challenging the subpoena and faces the risk of up to 18 months in prison if she does not prevail in her legal battle. She believes that "since testimony before grand juries is secret, grand juries can create fear by suggesting tha...
Tags: Post, News, Crowdfunding, Law, Chelsea, Chelsea Manning, Manning, COINTELPRO

San Francisco Giants CEO filmed manhandling wife in public

Larry Baer, the CEO of the San Francisco Giants, was filmed manhandling his screaming wife in public, prizing away a cellphone from her grasp, and finally dropping her to the ground. He claimed she fell over due to a injured ankle: Larry Baer spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle after the incident. "My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member, and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument," he said. "The matter is resol...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Law, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Chronicle, Larry Baer

Pentagon Inspector General reveals widespread retaliation against whistleblowers with impunity for the retaliators and the wrongdoers

Last November, the Pentagon's Inspector General presented Congress with a "little-noticed" report on whistleblowing in the US military, revealing that those who come forward with claims of misconduct including sexual harassment and safety problems face a "culture of retaliation" including black marks on their service records, demotion, and suspension of security clearance; the IG also reported that in nearly every case, the officers who retaliated against whistleblowers faced no consequences fo...
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Fcc, Congress, US, Military, Pentagon, Impunity, Defense Department, Whistleblowers, Glenn Fine, Dwrena Allen, John M Donnelly Roll Call

Yet another study shows that the most effective "anti-piracy" strategy is good products at a fair price

It's been 20 years since Napster burst on the scene, and after decades of lawsuits, draconian criminal penalties, even no-knock gunpoint search warrants, there remains no evidence that "copyright enforcement" has a measurable impact on copyright infringement -- and at the same time, there's persistent, credible evidence that infringement goes down when product offerings get better and prices get more reasonable. The latest example comes from New Zealand, where a survey of 1,000 people found...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, Law, US, Research, Eu, Netflix, New Zealand, Christchurch, Nz, Napster, Vocus, Site Blocking, Karl Bode Motherboard, 92a

EFF's roadmap for a 21st Century antitrust doctrine

40+ years ago, extremists from the Chicago School of Economics destroyed antitrust law, pushing a bizarre theory that the antitrust laws on America's books existed solely to prevent "consumer harm" in the form of higher prices; decades later, we live in a world dominated by monopolists who use their power to crush or swallow competitors, suppress wages, reduce choice, increase inequality and distort policy outcomes by making lawmakers and regulators dependent on their lobbyists for funding and ...
Tags: Post, News, Law, America, Eff, Doj, Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Department of Justice DOJ, Monopolism, Shahid Buttar, Mitch Stoltz, Stoltz, Unborking Antitrust

Fox hit with $179m (including $128m in punitive damages) judgment over shady bookkeeping on "Bones"

Fox has been ordered to pay $179m to profit participants on the longrunning TV show Bones; the judgment includes $128m in punitive damages because the aribitrator that heard the case found that Fox had concealed the show's true earnings and its execs had lied under oath to keep the profit participants from getting their share of the take. The arbitrator singled out Fox execs Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Peter Rice for "giving false testimony to conceal their wrongful acts." The suit turned...
Tags: Post, News, Media, Law, Disney, Scams, Fox, Fox Broadcasting, Newman, Walden, Bob Iger, Liguori, Lichtman, Peter Rice, Dana Walden Gary Newman, Book Cookers R US

List of thousands of criminal cops accidentally released under public records laws, now CA AG threatens 2 reporters with legal action for having a copy

“Thousands of California law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime in the past decade, according to records released by a public agency that sets standards for officers in the Golden State.” Just don't write about it, talk about it, or publish a news report about it. California keeps a secret list of cops who have been convicted of crimes, but doesn't want anyone to access it or know who the bad cops are. The California state Attorney General is warning reporters that it is illegal...
Tags: Post, Transparency, Crime, News, Justice, Law, California, Cops, Police, US news, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, East Bay, AG, Xavier Becerra, Picks

Deposition of opioid profiteer Richard Sackler reveals his bizarre defense: definitional games and insistence that words mean their opposite

Richard Sackler is the only known member of the powerful opioid family (previoulsy) to have been deposed; the 2015 deposition was published last week by Propublica and it reveals Sackler's bizarre rationalizations for his family company's deliberate creation of the opioid epidemic. Sackler talks like the kind of powerful man who gets to say whatever bullshit comes into his mind while everyone around him nods their heads and praises him for his wisdom (see also: D. Trump). For example, whe...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Law, Germany, Ars Technica, Richard, Beth Mole, Richard Sackler, Opioids, Sackler, Word Games, Sacklers, OxyContin, Beth Mole Ars Technica, Robert Kaiko

Insider sources say Apple is shutting its east Texas stores to escape the jurisdiction of America's worst patent court

The Eastern District of Texas is home to a crooked court that is in the pocket of patent trolls, handing down ludicrous rulings in favor of the trolls, whose "head offices" are tiny, unoccupied offices in empty, dusty office buildings, the rent on which entitles patent trolls to claim that their rights are being infringed in the demense of the Eastern District's terrible judges. A report in Macrumors cites "five sources familiar with the matter" and claims that Apple is now planning to shut...
Tags: Apple, Post, Copyfight, Texas, News, Law, America, Patent Trolls, Patents, Dallas, Trolls, Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District, Plano Texas, Mess With Texas, Frisco Texas

The TRUE Fees Act: legislative proposal to force cable/ISP companies to advertise the true cost of their services, inclusive of surcharges

The [TRUE Fees] has been introduced by Rep Anna Eshoo [D-CA] and Sen Ed Markey [D-MA]; if passed, it will force ISPs and cable operators to advertise the true costs of their packages, including all surcharges. As Karl Bode writes on Motherboard, the bill seeks to remedy an epidemic of the kind of false advertising that is banned in Europe, but which American firms regard as "the height of capitalistic creativity," from hotels who use hidden "resort fees" to jack up prices over advertised...
Tags: Europe, Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Law, Fraud, Gouging, Ripoffs, Anna Eshoo, Karl Bode, Sen Ed Markey, False Advertising, Karl Bode Motherboard, Grifter Capitalism, True Fees

Supreme Court rules against "excessive" police seizures and sales of property Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs' $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. Reading a summary of her opinion in the courtroom, Ginsburg noted that governments employ fines "out of accord with the penal goals of retribution and deterrence" because fines are a source of revenue. The 85-year-old justice missed arguments last month following lung cancer surgery, ...
Tags: Post, News, Supreme Court, Law, B-side, Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Philly, The Supreme Court, Ginsburg, Tyson Timbs of Marion Indiana Police

Supreme court curbs states' power to levy fines and seize property through civil forfeiture

The Supreme Court today unanimously rules for Tyson Timbs, a small-time drug offender whose $42,000 Land Rover was seized by the state of Indiana as a civil forfeiture. In its opinion, the Supreme Court rules that the U.S. Constitution's 8th amendment clause on excessive fines clause applies to states and local governments, and curbs their power to levy fines and seize property. Here is a link to the full Opinion by Justice Ginsburg. This is the first time the highest court of the nation has...
Tags: Post, News, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, US news, Indiana, Civil Forfeiture, Mark Joseph Stern, Robert Barnes, Ginsburg, Steven Mazie, Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch, Picks

"The suit alleges that The Post 'targeted and bullied' 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Trump."

I'm reading about the lawsuit against The Washington Post in The Washington Post.“In a span of three days in January of this year commencing on January 19, the Post engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism by competing with CNN and NBC, among others, to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann, an innocent secondary school child,” reads the complaint.It added, “The Post ignored basic journalist standards becaus...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Nbc, Law, Washington Post, Wikipedia, Court, Journalism, Atlanta, Ted, Cnn, New York Times, Bill Cosby, Cosby, Catholic, John

Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special branch of the military overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The President’s decision is considered a win for the Air Force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent military department based on their concerns that it would add new layers of bureaucracy, according to the Pentagon . Speaking at an event at The Brookings Inst...
Tags: TC, Star Wars, Post, Navy, Washington Post, US, America, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, President, Army, Marine Corps, Pentagon

Ontario parliamentarian calls for Right to Repair legislation

Michael Coteau, a member of the Ontario provincial parliament from the opposition Liberal party has announced for provincial Right to Repair legislation, which he will introduce in a private member's bill -- he says the legislation was prompted when he was charged nearly $400 to fix his daughter's Samsung phone screen and he recalled a CBC special on US efforts to pass Right to Repair laws at the state level; Coteau says he's looking for co-sponsors from the NDP and the ruling Conservative Part...
Tags: Post, News, Law, US, Samsung, Canada, Liberal, Conservative Party, Ndp, Ontario, Cbc, Right To Repair, Cdnpol, Onpol, Buck A Beer Lawmaking, Michael Coteau

Bossfight: Allstate Insurance enters the Right to Repair fight, loans its lobbyists to fight Apple

The Right to Repair movement got state legislatures to consider more than a dozen Right to Repair bills last year, and have made great strides in the EU and elsewhere, but for every two steps forward they manage, they're forced a step or two back by giant corporate lobbyists, led by Apple, who want to ensure that third parties can't repair products, and that a manufacturer's decision it's time to retire a product from the market won't be challenged by independent repair depots. Repair is a ...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Mobile, Post, Business, News, US, Insurance, Eu, Icracked, Allstate, Davids, Allstate Insurance, Right To Repair, SquareTrade, US PIRG

Cop impersonator arrested after trying to pull over actual cop

Crimetip for cop impersonators! Police departments do not issue fully loaded 4Runners to officers. The Miami Herald: “I thought, that’s weird. Well, they must have better undercover cars than they did when I was undercover,” he said. When the driver in the SUV finally gave up trying to pull over Martinez, he changed lanes and tired to pass the commissioner, Martinez said. But Martinez said he stuck with the vehicle and eventually flagged down an officer in a squad car on the roadside, who radioe...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Law, Mistakes, Martinez, Miami Herald, Crimetip, Northwest 45th Avenue

Courthouse shut after sheriff notices bedbugs "falling out of" lawyer's clothes

The courthouse in Rogers County, Oklahoma was shut down last week when a sheriff noticed that a lawyer had bedbugs "bed bugs are crawling all over them certainly in abundance" -- the lawyer was also accused of shaking out his jacket over the prosecution's files, and gave the impression that he didn't care about his infestation. (via Lowering the Bar)
Tags: Post, News, Law, Oklahoma, Arthropods, Entomology, Rogers County Oklahoma, Vantz Vantz And Associates

US Air Force proposal: pause the Earth's rotation so nukes would miss targets

In 1960, the US Air Force asked the RAND Corporation to evaluate the possibility of using stationary rockets to pause the Earth's rotation in the event of a nuclear attack. Called "Project Retro," the idea was that the "a huge rectangular array of one thousand first-stage Atlas engines... (would) be fastened securely to the earth in a horizontal position." As missiles approached, the rockets would fire, stopping the Earth's rotation just enough for the nukes to overshoot their targets. In the b...
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Earth, Bbc, Military, US Air Force, Rand, Wernher von Braun, Rand Corporation, Daniel Ellsberg, No Nukes, Far-fetched, U s Air Force Proposed Using Rockets, Ken Hollings

"But look, I was trying to write a seamless narrative, and to keep breaking it up with 'according to' qualifiers would have been extremely clunky. But in retrospect, I wish I’d done that."

Jill Abramson, caught and waffling. Interviewed at Vox.Sean Illing —Would you call any of this plagiarism?Jill Abramson — No, I wouldn’t. This was completely unintentional. I mean, I have 70 pages of footnotes and I tried to credit everyone’s work as best I can. What we’re talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed; obviously, the language is too close in some cases, but I’m not lifting original ideas. Again, I wish I had got the citation right, but it’s not an intentional theft or tak...
Tags: Post, Chris Christie, Writing, Law, Washington, White House, Wikipedia, Iran, Ronald Reagan, New York Times, New Jersey, Plagiarism, Jeb Bush, Amy Klobuchar, Npr, Matt Groening

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