It’s my one year old ROCKIN’ OUT to some Metallica “Enter Sandman”. Enjoy!
Legislation unveiled last week in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a “kill switch” to leave them inoperable if lost or stolen. This could be the first law of its kind in the United States.
But, CTIA-The Wireless Association, says a permanent kill switch has serious risks, including potential vulnerability to hackers.
It will be interesting to see what happens. Smartphone thefts are getting ridiculous lately. Surprisingly, no one wants my BlackBerry. Maybe if it was an iPhone. :)
From The San Jose Mercury News:
State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and other officials scheduled a news conference about the measure to require any mobile devices sold in or shipped to California to have built-in anti-theft devices.
Leno and Gascon say the measure, which Leno plans to introduce this spring, could deter thieves from stealing smartphones. They believe the bill would be the first of its kind in the United States.
A San Francisco Democrat, Leno joins Gascon, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other law enforcement officials who have been demanding that manufacturers create kill switches to combat surging smartphone theft across the country.
“With robberies of smartphones reaching an all-time high, California cannot continue to stand by when a solution to the problem is readily available,” Leno said in a statement.
Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arguing that he acted in “an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner” and lacks remorse for the terrorist attack which killed three and injured more than 250.
A trial date has not been set for Tsarnaev. His next hearing is February 12.
From NBC News:
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement: “After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”
Among the factors listed by the government were that the killings were intentional, resulted from acts calculated to cause grave risks to public safety, and were committed in a cruel manner. And prosecutors said the defendant has demonstrated no remorse.
An appeals court in Florence, Italy, has convicted Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raphael Sollecito, for the second time in the death of Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison.
Prosecutors said the couple had killed Meredith Kercher in November 2007. They were convicted two years later of murder, but those charges were overturned on appeal in 2011.
A judge said Thursday that Knox, also convicted of slander, was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison. Sollecito’s sentence was 25 years.
Knox, an American, said her conviction would bring no consolation to the Kercher’s family.
Had a fun weekend in Seattle this past weekend. Time with the kids, family etc…Also met a lot of football fans of both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. Really passionate fan bases. It was fun watching them taunt each other back and forth on the corner of 1st and Pike downtown on both Saturday and Sunday.
I think both of these teams fan bases have gotten a bad reputation lately, but I hope that a few bad apples haven’t turned you off. Remember: they are passionate about teams and most are actually pretty nice once you get to sit down and talk to them.
Speaking of passion: How about that Richard Sherman? If you hadn’t heard of him before Sunday’s game, I’m sure you know about him now thanks to his post-game interview with Erin Andrews.
With the Super Bowl just two weeks away, it’s time for the media to take over and hype the game. One thing I’ve heard a lot about the past two days is it being called the “Weed Bowl”. Who knew that the two teams playing in the Super Bowl this year would be from the two states (Washington and Colorado) who’ve legalized Marijuana??? Maybe they’ll move the kickoff to 4:20 p.m.? Either way, Doritos and other munchies are sure to be in “high” demand! Sorry, I shouldn’t be stirring the “pot” :)
So who’s gonna win? I have not idea but I’m sure I’ll make my prediction before game day. It’s going to be a good one this year!