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January 25th, 2007
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A study in contrasts
Good Internets: Second Life sics lawyers on Internet parody. Why is this in the good Internets category? Because they complimented him and gave him a license to use the derivative logo he mocked up. HELL YES. I have no real opinion on GetAFirstLife.com but my respect for SL just went up eight notches. (via kadyg)

Bad Internets: Meanwhile, in that First Life of which we speak, a teacher is facing 40 years in prison ... for having a malware-infected computer that spewed porn ads at a bad time.

Forty years.

For an adware infection.

Forty years.

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Date:January 26th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
Why didn't the police check for malicious software? According to prosecutor David Smith, the police didn't check for malware because the defense didn't raise the possibility of a malware attack during the pretrial phase, as required by law.

Rules are rules. As much as I don't like seriously unfair results due to technicalities, the rules of procedure have no weight if they don't result in inadmissable evidence. Sometimes, technicalities give really dumb results, but they're the same technicalities that throw out evidence gained without a search warrant and recordings of interrogations where a lawyer was denied

It's unfortunate, but it's our legal system. It's also what appeals are for.
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