Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 23:11 UTC, submitted by UglyKidBill
Legal Well, this is unexpected. The iPhone 4G saga just got a whole lot crazier - dare I say it, a whole lot more ridiculous. Have you ever reported anything like a phone or something similarly small stolen to the police? What was their reaction? Did you ever get the device back? Did they send an army of officers to get your device back? No? Odd. They raided Jason Chen's house, and took four computers and two servers. Update: And thus our true colours reveal. "The raid that San Mateo area cops conducted last week on the house of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen came at the behest of a special multi-agency task force that was commissioned to work with the computer industry to tackle high-tech crimes. And Apple Inc. sits on the task force's steering committee." Update II: According to TechCrunch, the investigation has been put on hold while the DA ponders Gizmodo's shield defence. Update III: Some legal insight from a constitutional law and first amendment expert and a law professor. The gist? The DA has said no one has been charged with anything here, making this just an investigation - however, this makes the search and seizing of material worse. "If the police are literally just gathering information, with no suspect targeted yet, then a subpoena against a journalist would have probably been smarter than a search warranted that resulted in the front door of Chen's home being bashed in."
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RE: Just a raid?
by tyrione on Tue 27th Apr 2010 04:17 UTC in reply to "Just a raid?"
tyrione
Member since:
2005-11-21

To be honest I am surprised Steve Jobs didn't just send a hit man to the house. If you mess with apple, prepare to have your legs broke. Lawyers are for Microsoft, raids are for Intel, and 007 style tactics are for Apple. Apple: Think different


It's no surprise to me you've never worked for him and keep perpetuating these whiny diatribes of former bent old time Apple employees who portrayed the guy as some demon, when he's no where close to such a person.

Perhaps you should go work for the mafia and then come back and tell us how sweet the Docks owners were to you when you stole from them.

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RE[2]: Just a raid?
by poundsmack on Tue 27th Apr 2010 16:44 in reply to "RE: Just a raid?"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

I am friends with a few ex apple employees. Have you worked for apple? Steve jobs is a brilliant man, with a great gift of vision for a successful future, and for that I praise him. That being said, If you have ever seen the movie Anti Trust I always pictured Gary Winston (head of NURV in the movie) as what I would imagine Steve Jobs is like behind closed doors.

No matter how benevolent you think these big CEO 's and visionaries are, they are a business and businesses are in business to make money and stay on top. It's a cut throat world, not a petting zoo...

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RE[3]: Just a raid?
by macUser on Tue 27th Apr 2010 16:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Just a raid?"
macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

I am friends with a few ex apple employees. Have you worked for apple? Steve jobs is a brilliant man, with a great gift of vision for a successful future, and for that I praise him. That being said, If you have ever seen the movie Anti Trust I always pictured Gary Winston (head of NURV in the movie) as what I would imagine Steve Jobs is like behind closed doors.

No matter how benevolent you think these big CEO 's and visionaries are, they are a business and businesses are in business to make money and stay on top. It's a cut throat world, not a petting zoo...


I would not want to be on the receiving end any "problem" that has gone all the way to Steve Jobs if I were an Apple employee... ;)

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RE[3]: Just a raid?
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 22:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Just a raid?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That being said, If you have ever seen the movie Anti Trust I always pictured Gary Winston (head of NURV in the movie) as what I would imagine Steve Jobs is like behind closed doors.


That's interesting, I always pictured Antitrust as a stab at Microsoft. Given that it portrays a nerdy but successful (and ultimately evil) boss, theft of open source code, intimidation of OSS coders, and so on...but I can also see a lot of Apple in "NURV". It's funny that a movie written in the very beginning of Apple's rebirth would portray a corporation so much like the current Apple.

As for a more accurate portrayal of tech CEOs, Pirates of Silicon Valley is a fun film. A bit over the top, but I'm willing to bet they got very close to reality with their version of Steve Ballmer.

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RE[2]: Just a raid?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 28th Apr 2010 02:51 in reply to "RE: Just a raid?"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

It's no surprise to me you've never worked for him and keep perpetuating these whiny diatribes of former bent old time Apple employees who portrayed the guy as some demon, when he's no where close to such a person.


Yes, yes, we all realize that you used to work for NeXT and we're all verrrrrry impressed.

Perhaps you should go work for the mafia and then come back and tell us how sweet the Docks owners were to you when you stole from them.


*Gasp* are you suggesting that poundsmack DIDN'T perform an exhaustive series of tests and statistical analyses before reaching his conclusion?

Why, if I didn't know any better, I'd almost think that his post was some kind of joke and not meant to be taken seriously!

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