Security Stuff: Cyber and Otherwise
I've mentioned the case of Matt Bandy here the last couple days. He's the 16 (now 18) year old that was arrested for having child pornography on his family's computer.
Looks like a web site is up dealing with his case.
CLS, over at the Classically Liberal blog, is still pursuing this issue with more information out on the case and cyber security today.
One thing that still puzzles me, cyber- security aside, I believe I alluded to before and it hasn't been answered:
How can they threaten a 16 year old with life in prison unless he's been deemed fit to be tried as an adult? There's no mention of him being tried as an adult.
The only thing I can think of is Arizona law must be quite a bit different than California law in regards to juveniles. In California a juvenile can't be sentenced to the Youth Authority past his 25th birthday, unless the court has deemed him fit to be tried as an adult and he's tried as an adult.
I don't believe they require juveniles to register as sex offenders in California, either, although I can't say that for sure.
I noticed today that Bandy was sentenced when he was 18. That shouldn't make any difference. In California, it matters how old a kid is when the crime occured, not when he finishes going through the court system. Maybe Arizona's different, but it would have to be quite a bit different to consider someone an adult just because he was 18 when he was sentenced.
Then again, maybe 16 is the age of majority in Arizona? I don't know.
Speaking of security, I was up at the Zonelabs web site this morning. I decided to take advantage of what I thought was their free online spyware search of my computer. I could of sworn that's where I did it before but couldn't find any link for it. Oh well.
I did notice one thing in regards to what Rose asked on Chris Crawford's blog: Zonelabs says their spyware protection actually keeps spyware from getting on your machine rather than just locating it once it's there. Hmmm...didn't know that.
I also found an interesting page from a link on Zonelabs regarding credit card applications and the security thereof. The guy is pretty much as uptight about throwing away credit card applications as I am. The difference being he was just tearing his up.
I usually tear out any fields on the application with my name on them and throw the rest of the application in with the magazines that I'll be taking to the recycling center, credit card applications nearly always being printed on glossy magazine type paper that can't be recycled with office paper. That really irks me.
Anyway, looks like even if you tear the application up, at least some credit card companies still accept them. Check out this guy's experiment. Scroll down to the bottom to get the link to the next page. It's three or four pages but they're short.