DOJ’s Tone Deaf Criminal Charges Against Chinese Hackers Helps No One, Opens US Officials Up To Similar Charges

(…)  people are already pointing out that by firing the opening shot with criminal charges, the DOJ may be opening the floodgates against the NSA, FBI and others for similar charges in other countries. Obviously, China will almost certainly hit back with charges — possibly even trying to arrest some folks in that country. But the ridiculousness of the situation may also lead other countries to levy charges against specific individuals within US intelligence — thereby making life a lot more difficult for US intelligence officials in the near future.

Link (Techdirt)

Flag burning on the Norwegian Constitution Day

Burning the national flag is not illegal in Norway (since 2008), however, the police say they will refer this case to the police attorney who will decide on charges.

To quote the police: “We have spoken to the people involved and told them this action is very inappropriate, and people find it offensive. (…) Our [police] lawyer will be looking into the case to see what we can do”

So, it seems the police now have the authority to prosecute purely based on morals.


It seems that the police have discovered that you cannot charge people with a non-crime, so they’ve decided to wait until a citizen reports them.

Original link (Dagbladet, Norwegian)
Translated link (Dagbladet, via Google Translate)

A Riddle Wrapped In a Mystery Inside an Enigma

The insight is this: our government is now dealing with the citizenry the same way that the British dealt with the Nazis: treating them as an external existential threat, spying on them, and taking pains to obfuscate the source of the information that they use to target their attacks.

Link (Popehat)

Stop this planet, I want to get off

We’re still digesting today’s lengthy decision in the Oracle v. Google appeal, but we’re disappointed—and worried. The heart of the appeal was whether Oracle can claim a copyright on Java APIs and, if so, whether Google infringed that copyright. According to the Federal Circuit today, the answer to both questions was a qualified yes—with the qualification being that Google may have a fair use defense.

Link (EFF)

Oklahoma Protesters Threaten to “Secdee” From Union if Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos is not Cancelled

I like how people actually think that anything which doesn’t cater to their particular superstition must be an act of the devil. It’s simply unfathomable that they’re wrong, despite huge mountains of evidence.