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In Oregon, a blasting cap is a “bomb”

In a new appellate court ruling released last week, Oregon v. Johnson, a conviction for possession of a destructive device (ORS 166.382(1)(a)(A)) was affirmed.

The device in question wasn't anything you would normally think of as a bomb, and it's something you can buy quite easily... a simple blasting cap.

Now, what's interesting is that in the opinion, the court went ahead and defined "bomb", as it isn't defined by statute. Their definition?

the plain meaning of the term "bomb" is "a device carrying an explosive charge fused to detonate under certain conditions."

Problem is, that definition is so broad, that a car easily meets the requirement... as do many fireworks.

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Legal: Did You Know? Your wages must be paid the day you quit!

While reading through Court of Appeals decisions today, I came across one that talked about an Oregon employment law I wasn't aware of (surprise, surprise, right?).

The case is KAY RUSSELL v. U. S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, and the law in question is ORS 652.150.

The law essentially requires that all wages owed to the employee be paid the same day that an employee quits - and imposes penalties if this is not done. In most cases, the penalty is capped at 100% of the wages owed, but not always. The law is actually quite simple - the penalties are calculated as you working 8 hours per day, at your past wage, until the day you are paid. As a small additional note, " ... payment occurs on the date the employer delivers the payment to the employee or sends the payment by first class mail, express mail or courier service".

Now you know!

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A Question of legal standing: Perhaps end users can sue for GPL violations?

A question of legal standing: I take for granted that generally, only a copyright holder has the right to sue over a GPL licence/copyright violation. Assuming that to be true, most people do not have legal standing to go after a licence/copyright violator.

But what if instead of suing for licence/copyright violations, you sued for (willful or not) fraud? As an example, lets say you had bought a "device" that was made by Acme, Inc. By whatever means, you discover that the device came with GPL licensed binaries: Linux, busybox, and mtd.
You look, but can't find an offer of source, or even a recognition of the GPL licensed software on the device.

You have now purchased a device running software that Acme had no right to sell - in essence, they sold you stolen property. Also, without that software, the device is useless. Do you have standing to sue for fraud? or something else? or do you still have no standing?

As a bonus, if you have standing, are you only eligible for reimbursement, or might you get punitive damages? Also, could you do this in small claims court?


Taxes, representation, and the voting age

Boston Legal just brought up a good point tonight. one of the major purposes behind our revolution against England was to stop taxation without representation. Yet, today, many people under 18 earn enough to have to file taxes, but can not vote. While there are many arguments regarding the age at which you should be able to vote, one that is directly related to the founding of the USA does have a certian ring to it... comments?

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10 Worst Computer Science Exam Questions

I have a friend, relatively computer literate, but definately not a "geek", who was taking a low level computer course at a community college recently. After taking his first exam, he came to me, asking about some of the questions.

Well, I thought, ok, I'll take a look, and explain to him why some of the answers he gave were wrong - until I saw the questions.

after the break are the worst of the questions on the test, and you can get the whole test here. The "correct" answers are designated by an asterisk

For reference, the community college in question is Portland Community College, the course was BA 131, and the instructor's name was Bill Bruno.