Law teacher, 33, accused of raping 16-year-old male student in motel | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2023463/Law-teacher-33-accused-raping-16-year-old-male-student-motel.html

so is it the position of the Long Island law that a 16 year old boy is incapable of giving his informed consent in a sexual situation?

That’s ludicrous on it’s own, but consider the situation of either a legally married couple (obviously married elsewhere in the States or almost any other western country) – one of whom is 16 and the other over 21, honeymooning in Long Island (go with it – this is a thought experiment). Would the local police seek to prosecute the elder spouse?

And what if the lucky bastard – sorry – rape victim and his “attacker” in this story had committed their act outside the jurisdiction of Long Island, somewhere such ridiculous laws didn’t exist; would they be prosecuted on their return?

I concede that her behaviour qualifies as professional misconduct – no different to a university lecturer having an affair with one of their students – but that’s a civil offence probably serious enough to cost her job; not a criminal offence likely to cost her freedom…

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Hauppauge Colossus HD PCIe card • reghardware

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/08/10/review_hauppauge_colossus_pci_card/

close but no cigar. Gimme the version that allows me to record 1080p broadcasts and I’ll beat a path to your door…

David Cameron turns water cannons on social networks • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/11/david_cameron_baddies_on_social_networks/

as usual, the Reg asks the right questions. How exactly would they stop social networks being used for such nefarious purposes? All they can do (if they can link an account to a real person) is prosecute after the event. And what about those helicopters advertising the riot to anyone who wanted to join in?

BBC News – Austrian driver’s religious headgear strains credulity

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14135523

all hail the FSM…

London Riots, Mark Duggan and Darcus Howe – The other Side of the Story

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/_20110810London_Riots_Mark_Duggan_and_Darcus_Howe_-_The_other_Side_of_the_Story.shtml

this is more detail on the Darcus Howe interview and how he was not permitted to make his case…

Sky wins TV riot battle • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/09/london_riots_rolling_news/

excellent critique; to which I’d add that on the few occasions the beeb dared to interview someone who might give an insight into the mindset of the marauders, they felt obliged to interrupt and conclude every sentence with “but that doesn’t justify riot and theft”. To the extent that those who actually understood what was going on (like Darcus Howe) just gave up trying to explain…

India cracks down on the Blackberry • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/08/indian_blackberry_crackdown/

don’t it make you proud to be British or American and know that your government let’s you use the Blackberry?

Why? Are they more libertarian than the Indians or Arabs? Nope. But they already have access to the BB servers on demand, so our secrets are safe with them…