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TSA Cover-up Investigation

Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 14:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


A loaded gun went through security at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, a 12 News investigation revealed.

The incident, which happened on December 27, 2008, involved a cover-up and policy violations by Transportation Security Administration managers and remained hidden from public knowledge for three years.

A whistleblower says, “There are people that are in high management at TSA that were involved in a major cover-up.”

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Judge denies record label’s request to shutter “used” MP3 store

Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 13:44 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


A one-of-a-kind website enabling the online sale of preowned digital-music files got a major legal boost late Monday when a federal judge refused to shutter it at the request of Capitol Records.

ReDigi, which opened in October, says it’s a modern-day, used-record store that provides account holders with a platform to buy and sell used MP3s that were purchased lawfully through iTunes. The platform’s technology does not support other digital files such as those purchased from Amazon or ripped from a CD.

The brief ruling (PDF) by US District Judge Richard Sullivan of New York did not clearly outline the reason for the decision. But among other things, the legal questions before him included the first-sale doctrine, the legal theory that people in lawful possession of copyrighted material have the right to sell it.

Just don’t give them away. That’s illegal.

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Justice is Served

Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 13:43 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. Lets not forget Cpt Richard Ashby, who killed 20 civilians from friendly nations by flying with his plane into the ropes of a cable car. No pay cuts for him, he got promoted.

Time laps footage of LA traffic

Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 13:42 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. LOL

  2. I can see my house from here!

  3. @SjG: Me too, but how do we get there?

Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have

Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 2:18 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


The most frustrating part of the discussion around SOPA has been watching politicians and commentators fail to acknowledge the vast resources we already devote to protecting copyright in the United States. Over the past two decades, the United States has established one of the harshest systems of copyright enforcement in the world. Our domestic copyright law has become broader (it covers more topics), deeper (it lasts for a longer time), and more severe (the punishments for infringement have been getting worse). These standards were established through an alphabet soup of legislation: the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, and the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act of 2008. And every few years, there’s a call for more.

Many features of existing U.S. copyright law are harsh by international standards. The U.S. penalizes the attempt to access digital material against a rights-holder’s wishes, even when the material itself is not protected by copyright. We guarantee large monetary awards against infringers, with no showing of actual harm. We effectively require websites to cooperate with rights-holders to take down material, without requiring proof that it’s infringing in court. And our criminal copyright law has such a low threshold that it criminalizes the behavior of most people online, instead of targeting infringement on a true commercial scale.

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Your Phone Loses Value Pretty Fast (Unless It’s an iPhone)

Posted on February 9th, 2012 at 2:11 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google


At Priceonomics, we firmly believe that resale value is the best objective indicator of product quality. If you wanted to figure out the best cell phone, you could look at all the reviews, test out all the phones, talk to all the experts, but still your assessment will be subjective. Or you could let the market tell you which phones are the highest quality by seeing which ones best retain their value over time.

Priceonomics phone pricing data strongly indicates that Apple phones are a better value than smartphones on other platforms. The market has spoken, and Android and Blackberrys do not age well.

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  1. The market is the only reliable (i.e., real) way to determine value. Duh. That’s how we can tell how valuable CEO’s and hedge fund managers are. And cocaine-way more expensive than flour.

  2. Disagree.
    Bought my brand new Nexus S for 230€.
    Now, since Nexus S is a great phone, it is currently out of production and the new Nexus Prime is expensive as hell, there is a thriving market.

    The unlocked Euro version currently sell easily as used for 250€.

  3. I meant galaxy nexus, not prime