This smells a lot like thought police

The Morality Police in Your Checking Account: Chase Bank Shuts Down Accounts of Adult Entertainers

In the latest example of a troubling trend in which companies play the role of law enforcement and moral police, Chase Bank has shut down the personal bank accounts of hundreds of adult entertainers.

Link (EFF)

Magical spectrometer

“SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All !” I seriously doubt if it’s possible to make a spectrometer of this quality at this size and price. I hope I’m wrong and this really is a breakthrough, but to me it feels like an expensive scam. If it looks to good to be true, etc…

SCiO pocket spectrometer


Link (Kickstarter)

This is why you shouldn’t store your data with an American company

US judge: our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

Microsoft has been told by a US District Court that it must hand over e-mail details to an unnamed law enforcement agency, even though that data is held offshore.

In a case that will exacerbate concerns in non-American countries about the extra-territorial reach of US laws, a magistrate in the District Court of Southern New York, Judge James Francis has ruled that the tech giant “cannot refuse to turn over customer information and emails stored in other countries when issued a valid search warrant from U.S. law enforcement agencies,” according to Reuters.

Link (The Register)

RIAA Claims That It Is ‘Standing Up For’ Older Musicians That It Actually Left To Rot

The RIAA is not exactly known for its positive treatment of musicians. If you’re at all familiar with the art of RIAA accounting, you’d know about how they structure deals to totally screw over musicians, doing everything possible to make sure they never get paid a dime. Yes, many are given advances, but those advances are “loans” on terrible terms in which the labels add on every possible expense that needs to be “paid back” before you ever see another dime. (…)

Link (Techdirt)