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Episode 272

Tech News Today 272: My Possessed Hand Did It

Supreme Court strikes down anti-game law, e-readers leaving tablets in the dust, AntiSec in a post-LulzSec era, and more.

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  • Supreme Court strikes down video game law on first amendment grounds
  • Puritans and Lady Godiva: why two justices voted to uphold California's video game law
    • Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association asked whether "a state law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors violates the First Amendment right to free speech,"
    • The answer is a resounding "yes," with the court finding there is no compelling evidence to state that video games are more damaging to children than other forms of media. They also found the definition of violent video games vague.
    • "Video games qualify for First Amendment protection. Like protected books, plays, and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium," the 7-2 decision stated.
    • Justice Scalia, writing for the majority wrote that evidence of violence caused by video games was "both small and indistinguishable from effects produced by other media."
    • Justice's Thomas and Breyer dissented. Both wrote separate dissents arguing speech to children falls outside the scope of the first amendement.
  • Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Warrantless GPS Monitoring
  • Supreme Court may reconsider radio, TV indecency rules
    • The Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the government, without a court warrant, may affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move.
    • The US Justice Department demanded the justices undo aU.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit w decision that reversed the conviction and life sentence of a cocaine dealer whose vehicle was tracked via GPS for a month without a court warrant.
    • The petition will be decided int he new term which begins in October
    • The justices accepted the government’s petition to clear conflicting lower-court rulings on when warrants are required for GPS tracking. The justices asked for briefing on this question: “Whether the government violated respondent’s Fourth Amendment rights by installing a GPS tracking device on his vehicle without a valid warrant and without his consent.” (.pdf)
    • Three other circuit courts of appeal have already said the authorities do not need a warrant for GPS vehicle tracking.


Discussion Stories

  • Anonymous picks up where Lulzsec leaves off with new hack
  • Anonymous ready to roll in post-LulzSec world
    • released information to the Web last night that came from the Cyberterrorism Defense Initiative's Security and Network Training Initiative and National Education Laboratory (Sentinel) program. The Sentinel program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to "educate technical personnel in cyberterrorism response and prevention."
    • the files--which were apparently published in 2009--include information on publicly available hacking resources and lists of FBI bureau addresses.
    • as well as form letters that could be used to obtain user information from Internet service providers, the ABC reported
    • "We can confirm that all @LulzSec members have reported aboard," Anonymous wrote on its Twitter account yesterday. "#AntiSec will have full support from #Anonymous and LulzSec. Expect us, soon."


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"Hi,

It seems that a lot of people don't know that the iWeb program (vs the MobileMe service) supports posting the site to alternative hosting providers. So, as long as people have the original iWeb documents on your Mac, you can just sign up with just about any hosting provider and post there. So, you don't need a special program to transition away, just the original iWeb files.

Cheers,

Tim."


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