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Court says you can use your work computer however you like

By on December 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Court says you can use your work computer however you like

Your employer might tell you that you shouldn’t be playing Candy Crush Saga on your work computer while you’re supposed to be productive, or that you can’t use various sites and services while at work, but a U.S. Court just ruled that breaking your employer’s computer policy isn’t a crime. Sure, it might get you fired in the long run, but you won’t be liable for any criminal charges. More →

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Samsung Apple Patent Penalty

Samsung will finally pay Apple more than half a billion dollars for copying the iPhone

By on December 4, 2015 at 8:49 AM.

Samsung will finally pay Apple more than half a billion dollars for copying the iPhone

Nearly five years after Samsung was found guilty in a California court of copying certain aspects of Apple’s iPhone and iPad without permission, the South Korean tech giant will finally pay up. While it’s not the $1 billion Apple was initially awarded in the years-long trial, court documents state that Samsung has agreed to pay Apple more than half a billion dollars to settle the case. Of course, the news sadly doesn’t mean that this saga has ended — there are a few caveats that leave the door open for the case to carry into its sixth year. More →

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LA City Council Dear John Letters

The LA City Council just confirmed everyone’s worst fears about license plate data collection

By on December 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

The LA City Council just confirmed everyone’s worst fears about license plate data collection

Everyone remember the film Minority Report that revolved around people with psychic abilities who used their powers predict crimes so that cops could arrest perpetrators before they could commit any wrongdoing? Well it looks like the Los Angeles City Council has watched that movie, but instead of seeing it as a dystopian warning about convicting people for crimes they haven’t yet committed, it’s used it as an instruction manual. More →

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ISIS Sharia Law No Beer Sex

How ISIS will punish you for drinking a beer, talking to women and more

By on November 18, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

How ISIS will punish you for drinking a beer, talking to women and more

The fact that Islamic State members go into other countries to commit acts of terrorism is bad enough. But actually living under them might be even worse, as testimony from people who once lived in ISIS-controlled territories shows us. A lengthy article in The Daily Beast tells us that ISIS will enact severe punishments on its citizens/prisoners for committing any number of sins, including drinking beer or talking to single women. Essentially, it’s like living in a country run by a homicidal and sadistic version of Dean Wormer from Animal House (“No fun of any kind!”). More →

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Do Cops Need A Warrant To Track Your Phone

Use this map to see if cops in your state can track your phone with no warrant

By on November 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM.

Use this map to see if cops in your state can track your phone with no warrant

Do cops need a warrant to track your phone? Believe it or not, the answer to this question varies by state. To help you figure out whether cops can track your phone without a warrant, the American Civil Liberties Union has created an interactive map that details what procedures, if any, police need to follow in every state before tracking your location. More →

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How To Fight Speeding Tickets

Ex-cop offers insider tips for fighting speeding tickets

By on October 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Ex-cop offers insider tips for fighting speeding tickets

If you’ve been pulled over for speeding and you think you’re innocent, there are ways to fight your speeding ticket that will increase your chances of getting off the hook. Writing over at The Raw Story, former police officer Roy Reyer (a.k.a., “Radar Roy”) offers some essential tips for anyone who wants to challenge their speeding ticket and win.

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TPP Wikileaks ISP Copyright Infringement

Leaked docs reveal TPP will force ISPs to hand over copyright infringers’ identities

By on October 12, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Leaked docs reveal TPP will force ISPs to hand over copyright infringers’ identities

Oh goody: A recent WikiLeaks document dump of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement reveals that the deal compels Internet service providers to hand over the identities of copyright infringers to rights holders. ZDNet has done a very thorough deep dive through the leaked documents and has found that ISPs are about to be responsible for keeping track of which of their customers frequently infringe upon copyrighted material and for reporting those infringing users to content creators. More →

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Patent Troll eDekka

Notorious patent troll dealt fatal blow as Judge throws out 168 cases

By on October 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM.

Notorious patent troll dealt fatal blow as Judge throws out 168 cases

I think most people would agree that patent trolls represent a plague on the tech community, consistently leveraging questionable and often times silly patents in an effort to extort money from companies that actually work hard to release products and services.

In many respects, the patent system is out of control, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Eastern District of Texas where judges have a seeming affinity for frivolous patent claims. Consequently, and not at all surprisingly, a staggering number of patent infringement lawsuits are filed in Texas each and every year.

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