Arizona lawmakers have taken time out from targeting illegal aliens and have turned their M16s on people who troll on the internet.
In what could be interpreted as trolling an entire state, a refresh of the state’s telecommunications harassment bill could make the practice of harassing people online illegal.
Arizona House Bill 2549 has already passed both of the state’s legislative bodies and is sitting on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer to be signed, as soon as she can remember how her name is spelt.
The law will make it illegal to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any “electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person”.
At the top end of the scale, trolling could get you six months breaking rocks. If electronic devices are used to stalk someone, the charges then become a felony, with penalties ranging from a minimum sentence of two and a half years in jail.
According to Yahoo, the thing has been set up to protect Arizona citizens from cyber-bullying.
But as you might expect the Arizona law is “overly broad” and uses vague terms like “annoy” and “offend.” Rather than just deal with cyber bullying it could be applied to internet forums or comments which miff people.
Free speech groups say they don’t believe the law would ever stand up in court. It is fairly likely that the Supreme Court would shoot it down as being unconstitutional. One man’s trollage is another’s free speech.
Hacking outfit LulzSec has claimed responsibility for hacking into the website and database of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The outfit has released details of staff, emails and correspondence on public file-sharing sites causing many coppers to claim they have been receiving crank calls.
LulzSec said they had targeted the department in that state because of its tough immigration law, or in its words “the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona”. The press release was written by a “an anonymous allied ship, not The Lulz Boat.”
Arizona attempted to bring in identification laws in a bid to keep the state white, er clamp down on illegal immigrants, but found the laws were frozen by legal challenges.
A DPS spokesman told the Guardian that the agency’s computer system had been attacked and was taking additional security safeguards.
LulzSec said on its website that it was releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal emails, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona coppers.
It includes plans to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups, and protest movements.
In a press release it said: “Personal details of military and law enforcement in an effort not just to reveal their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to terrorize communities fighting an unjust “war on drugs”.”
LulzSec is saying that it can do a Wikileaks and start releasing classified documents and embarrassing personal details of military and law enforcement.
Rival hackers have been hitting the groups website and identifying its members. One, called The Jester, is outspoken about LulzSec and has posted what appears to be information about prominent members.
Former Chipzilla supremo Craig “Silicon Cowboy” Barrett has told the US state of Arizona that its education system is producing people who are too dim for IT.
Barrett, who runs his own dude ranch, does not like his cowpokes to be a bit slow in the brain department.
He told legislative and business leaders that Arizona won’t be a real magnet for new business until it turns out more high school and college kids with qualifications, or at least opposable thumbs.
Barrett said the educational system in the United States and in Arizona in particular is not particularly attractive.
He said that if Intel was looking for a site to build an entirely new operation, as opposed to expanding its $10 billion presence, Arizona would not even be on the list of Top 10 choices.
Barrett was backed by Judy Wood, who runs Contact One, a small call centre. Wood said even her firm, which does not need college graduates, is having trouble finding Arizona high school graduates who can properly compose a sentence.
Governor Jan Brewer, who co-chairs the authority and listened to the criticisms, was not swayed by Barrett’s True Grit.
She has been channelling the UK way, which means cutting state aid for universities by $170 million, about 20 percent of the current state funding.
The Senate has already approved a budget which digs another $65 million into higher education funds. It also cuts about $250 million from K-12 education.
Looks like there will be an entire generation of them cruising for the fast food catering industry for the rest of their lives. But at least they will not be working for Intel.
As Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini jumps onto US President Obama’s advisory board, so Barack has given the keen maker of chips a visit at the Oregan headquarters.
Obama was given a tour of the semiconductor research and manufacturing site in Hillsboro, Oregan, where he discussed jobs and economics with Otellini. Intel is the state of Oregan’s largest state employer, with over 15,000 workers, so it leaped at the chance to parade the President around the Ronier Acres campus’ Fab D1D, a wafer fabrication facility and R&D. Intel’s goings-on should create around 4,000 jobs in the States in 2011 alone, mainly in product development and R&D.
Otellini also announced plans to spend $5 billion on a new factory in Arizona, called Fab 42, which he reckons will be “the most advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world.” Construction will begin mid-2011 and should be completed some time in 2013, according to Intel’s forecasts. It’ll focus on operations on a process for creating transistors with a minimum feature size of 14nm. Fab 42 will be built, says Intel, as a 300mm factory.
Intel hopes that the Arizona factory will strengthen its production capacity within the United States.
Ever the busy bee, Otellini flew out for an analyst meeting in London to talk Meego Etc. He is confident, according to Reuters, that Meego will find itself another partner. “The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that’s the thing that drives our motivation. He reckoned Nokia took a fat bung from Microsoft for choosing WP7 to boost its ailing handset biz.
He also reckoned that the best move would have been for Nokia to stick with Meego, but it couldn’t afford the pricetag. The next best bet would have been Android. Android was certainly the talk of the town at Mobile World Congress this year, but so was Intel’s baffling game plan, with some chip giants certain that it’s perched in an open casket.
Intel Israel is setting its sights on a 22-nanometer fab according to Israeli business news site, Globes.
Globes reports that General Manager of Intel Israel, Maxine Fassberg didn’t mince her words recently, announcing “the first fab with this technology will be in Arizona, and we want to be the second fab.”
Now, while it’s true that “I want” doesn’t always get, Intel could do worse than invest in Israel once again. The firm’s Israeli branch saw a revenue increase of 145 per cent in 2009, reaching a whopping $3.4 billion.
“2009 exceeded all our expectations. We brought the Kiryat Gat fab to peak production capacity,” said Fassberg, referring to Intel Israel’s existing 45-nanometer fab in Kiryat Gat (Fab 28) which just a short while ago was considered bleeding edge.
As 45nm becomes old news, and old process tech, Intel’s new 32-nanometer fabs are already churning out smaller chips.
But Intel Israel apparently wants to skip a node and move straight to 22nm, a step likely to cost some $2.7 billion of which the Israeli government will probably stump up $400-500 million.
While this may sound like a serious chunk of change for a government to sink into a commercial fab, it’s worth noting that Intel employs some 6,300 Israelis (in a country whose population numbers just 7.4 million) and has created another 20,000 jobs both directly and indirectly.
As well as its fabs, Intel also has several R&D centres in the country and reckons it has managed to clock $17.5 billion in exports over the past 10 years.
Intel international has done its fair share of the financial heavy lifting too, with the firm channeling $7.3 billion of investment into the country including a hefty $3.3 billion for fab 28.
Fassberg told Israeli press that Intel international’s decision would likely be made by the end of March, and that 22nm fabs would be up and running in 2012.