Serial chillers by Mark Lindsay

We are to travel the Uk to 10 of its most historic , infamous locations where brutal murders took place , filming and documenting at night looking for paranormal evidence of serial killers and their victims .

The dead may talk through our specialised equipment and we can gather the evidence getting answers on our adopted cameras.

What’s paranormal about people killing other people?

Link (Kickstarter)

Six Officers Charged In Police Pursuit That Ended With 137 Shots Being Fired At Suspects In A Little Over 20 Seconds

Let’s be clear what happened here:

The driver was fully stopped. Escape was no longer even a remote possibility. The flight was over. The public was no longer in danger because the car was surrounded by police cars and 23 police officers in a schoolyard safely removed from pedestrians and traffic.

The primary danger facing the police at this time was from themselves, if they continued to shoot at each other in the circular firing squad they had inadvertently formed.

After the ceasefire, Officer Brelo unleashed an unlawful, second barrage of shots.

The ultimate legal issue is whether the police officer was justified when he stood on the hood of Mr. Russell’s car and emptied his clip into the occupants after the chance of flight was completely eliminated and they no longer presented a threat to the public’s safety.

He was not.

Do anyone think anything would have been done at all, if it weren’t for the video evidence?

This is why it should never be illegal to record public servants.

Link (Techdirt)

Business owners, take heed

This is how you respond to a negative review: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140521/08484627308/wv-restaurant-shows-us-all-how-to-deal-with-negative-trolling-online-reviews.shtml

From now through Memorial Day, Atomic Grill will be offering a potato skin special for $7, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services. He said the restaurant has so far received a “tremendous” amount of support. “My Facebook blew up overnight,” he said. “I really hope this will be a positive thing.”

Republicans more or less flat out admit that corruption is controlling Washington

GOP Rep. Acknowledges That Members Expect Donations For Votes

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) openly acknowledged on Thursday that members of Congress expect to receive campaign contributions for voting a certain way on bills.

During an event with the Northeast Chapter of Louisiana CPAs, the congressman shared an anecdote that illustrated how “money controls Washington,” according to the Ouachita Citizen. He said that many approach their work in D.C. as a “steady cycle of voting for fundraising and money instead of voting for what is right.”

McAllister discussed a bill related to the Bureau of Land Management, which he voted against. McAllister told the crowd that an unnamed colleague told him on the House floor that if he voted “no” on the bill, he would receive a contribution from Heritage, a conservative think tank.

“I played dumb and asked him, ‘How would you vote?’” McAllister said. “He told me, ‘Vote no and you will get a $1,200 check from the Heritage Foundation. If you vote yes, you will get a $1,000 check from some environmental impact group.’”

Link (TPM)

… because she’s black

This might be the best line from a law suit I’ve read this week:

As my book came out in 2005, it is my belief that she stole my writing. Research indicates that she is black. As I am a well-known Asian Supremacist, I believe she may have done this as an act of retaliation.

As Techdirt notes:

The complainant, Kenneth Eng, ain’t lying. His editorials (read: racist screeds) got AsianWeek in hot water back in 2007. Using the “voice of Asian America” as a vehicle for a rant entitled “Why I Hate Blacks” wasn’t well-received. Apparently, this is what Eng does when not writing dragons-and-guns books. (He also posts videos praising the Virginia Tech shooter and gets arrested for assault and harassment in his down time.)

Link (Techdirt)

Companies No Longer Lulled Into Helping NSA Without Legal Basis

An article over at Techdirt show how the relationship between the NSA and tech companies have changed since Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald published the information about the extent of US spying.

companies are now proactively doing everything possible to counteract the NSA, realizing that they actually have to think about the impact on their customers when (not if) these programs become public. What used to be a simple relationship, with a lot of help from various companies, has changed to something much more approaching a directly adversarial relationship.

There is still a long way to go, but just the fact that companies now have to take into account “how will this look when splashed across the internet” means that they’re already going much, much further in protecting the privacy of their users and customers.

All thanks to Mr. Edward Snowden. I say the world owes that man a lot of gratitude.

Online IP Protection by Glen Campbell

Our technology has global and significant implications. It has the potential to completely change the way the internet is used, and ensure that Intellectual Property owners regain some control over their products.

So it’s DRM, but this time it will really work? Unlike the thousands of previous attempt at DRM that “really worked”?

The solution to IP theft copyright infringement would be to offer the product in a convenient and cheap manner, not to lock it down so hard most consumers couldn’t use it.
The thing with DRM is, if the consumer is to be able to use the material, it will be possible to crack it.

Also, for $5000 all you get is a thank you note? No, thanks.

Link (Kickstarter)