See, this is my blog, and since I've already declared it mostly bunk to begin with - why not use sensationalist headlines while I'm it! (Also I get to creatively use spelling and grammar mistakes to boot - tke that grammaR nazis).
So where does this headline come from? The $5 million dollar bail set for a network administrator who has already spent 14 months in jail for a crime that isn't entirely clear he committed. Now I won't pretend to know if the guy is innocent or not - I don't have all the facts, but what I do know is that the bail here is completely out of synch. Stealing a link from Slashdot (it's ok - they steal links all the time right :) ) we see the following standards set out by the California court system
667.51 (a) * # 288 PC with one prior sex offense - for each prior listed 1,000,000
667.6 (a) * # Prior forcible sex ofense 1,000,000
667.61 # Prior sex offense 1,000,000
667.7 # Habitual criminal with great bodily injury 1,000,000
667.8 * # Kidnapping for sex offense 500,000
667.85* Kidnapping of a child under age 14 300,000
667.9 * # Serious felony on victim disabled, under 14 or over 65 100,000
So basically - the court is saying that a network admin who won't part with his password without authorization is greater danger to the public than a child molester by about a factor of 10. That's right ladies and gentlemen, in California they don't warn their kids about strange men in white vans, rather they speak softly and say:
"See that guy with the laptop in Starbucks over there - watch out for him Junior - he'll do horrible things to you with his greasy socialist linux system. If he comes near you - run to the white van driven by the creepy looking guy who follows the girls to school each day ... it'll be better for you."
Damn - I had more to rant about, but I'm out of time and need to get to work - so the basic thought for the day is exactly how well is this freedom thing working out for us if merely being disobedient to a government official is enough for 14 months of jail time and a $5million dollar bail without a trail?
I for one, do no welcome our Big Brother wanna be overlords.