Tag: crime

  • Happy Jack Mulraney, the Joker of the 19th century.

    [From the indispensable blog of Jess Nevins][link]: >Still another Gopher of distinction was Happy Jack Mulraney, so called because he always appeared to be laughing. However, his smile was caused by a partial paralysis of the muscles of his face. In reality Happy Jack was a verjuiced person and very sensitive about his deformity; when…

  • Senate Bill Would Make Leaks a Felony

    [If the government does it, it can’t be a crime:][link] >Legislation introduced in the Senate this week would broadly criminalize leaks of classified information.  The bill (S. 355) sponsored by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) would make it a felony for a government employee or contractor who has authorized access to classified information to disclose such…

  • CNet: Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe

    >Silicon Valley police are investigating what appears to be a lost Apple iPhone prototype purchased by a gadget blog, a transaction that may have violated criminal laws, a law enforcement official told CNET on Friday. [I believe the whole thing was a case of common theft and the sale of stolen goods][link]. Looks like Apple…

  • Bruce Schneier: Spy cameras won’t make us safer

    [I have long had a beef with the conventional wisdom that recording everyone all the time makes us safer][link]: >There are exceptions, of course, and proponents of cameras can always cherry-pick examples to bolster their argument. These success stories are what convince us; our brains are wired to respond more strongly to anecdotes than to…