aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
DoJ distributes cybercrime handbook to local police
The new 137-page manual (click for PDF) appears to represent the Justice Department’s attempt to offer at least some basic technical and legal tips to law enforcement agencies that may not have computer experts on the payroll.
“Criminals can trade and share information, mask their identity, identify and gather information on victims, and communicate with co-conspirators,” the manual says. “Web sites, electronic mail, chat rooms, and file sharing networks can all yield evidence in an investigation of computer-related crime.”
The manual warns of the perils of assuming that the owner of a computer--especially Windows PCs, which can be vulnerable to security breaches--is responsible for what’s actually on it.
I guess that’s progress.
CBS to premiere most shows online
I’m thinking CBS is emerging as the network to watch. Cory Bergman at Lost Remote:
Coming next fall, CBS says it plans to premiere “most or all” of its shows online before airing on TV. The network said 53% of people who watched the network’s rookie shows online prior to their fall 2006 launch are still viewers of the show. “You could argue that any number of them would have watched the show anyway, but maybe it would be three or four episodes in with all the clutter in the fall,” said network research chief David Poltrack. “Partly because so many shows these days are serialized, it is more important than ever to get them in there early.”
Felony adultery in Michigan
In a ruling sure to make philandering spouses squirm, Michigan’s second-highest court says that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.
“We cannot help but question whether the Legislature actually intended the result we reach here today,” Judge William Murphy wrote in November for a unanimous Court of Appeals panel, “but we are curtailed by the language of the statute from reaching any other conclusion.”
“Technically,” he added, “any time a person engages in sexual penetration in an adulterous relationship, he or she is guilty of CSC I,” the most serious sexual assault charge in Michigan’s criminal code.
The prosecutor in a drug case (himself a confessed adulterer) had argued that sex, even consensual sex, “under circumstances involving the commission of another felony” is first-degree criminal sexual conduct under an obscure criminal code. The Court agreed. The complication? Adultery is a felony in Michigan.
Via Pam Spaulding, “Forgive them, for the adulterers in charge know not what they do up there in Michigan.”
New Host, new software, new site.
Welcome to the new site at the new host running the new software. The transition has been a lot of work - and I’ve been avoiding it. When the old host gave me a two week reprieve I got lazy! I finally decided that I’d never finish this site unless I brought it live. So here I am, half undone.
Now the changes begin. My nephew, a comic artist, is working on a new banner. I’ll be moving the blog into the present by fully implementing tagging and social search features. And I’ll be switching to hosted photos. But first I’ve got to get the RSS feed working again and finish off the top nav bar links.
An irony is that I did the move because my traffic had grown beyond the bandwidth options at the old host. At the same time I decided to change blog software. With that change every url has changed, and so all that search engine directed traffic is gone. It’s like starting all over again.