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[2]: Just a raid?
by poundsmack on Tue 27th Apr 2010 16:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Just a raid?"
poundsmack
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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[4]: Just a raid?
by poundsmack on Tue 27th Apr 2010 22:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Just a raid?"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

Antitrust was in fact a shot at MS, they even say it in the movie (to an extent)
programmer kid: "doesn't Bill Gates have one of these?"
Gary: "Bill who? no his is primitive...."

...come to think of it, in the movie Gary does take a stab at Bill gates and calls his tech primitive..... Holy hell! they creater of this movie some how saw the future! it is Steve Jobs!

...watch, hollywood get raided and all copies of Antitrust get confiscated due to my posting this. (seriously though, should i flee the country?)

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