June 3rd, 2010


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I spent the better part of the last decade as a huge Apple fanboy: in an era of Windows dominance, they came out with a series of sweet Unix laptops and won my heart, and the solid-state iPods were a pleasure to hold and use. (Between my own purchases and company laptops, I think I've been responsible for the purchase of 7 laptops since OS X came out, and 5 iPods.)

Over the past year, Apple has reoriented themselves toward a strategy of destroying the general-purpose computer in favor of the iPhone OS walled garden. Consequently, I have returned to my position of the '90s, which is that I would rather use a stone tablet than buy another Apple product.

I currently don't have a music player, and I'm looking for a tiny cheap clip-on thing I can run with. Can anyone recommend something equivalent to the iPod Shuffle that is not from Apple? Bonus points for:

- waterproof
- Apple-like aesthetics: no bigger than the interface requires, dense enough to feel solid, and an inertia tensor as similar as possible to a rectangular brick of the same dimensions
- open: you can put music on it through ordinary USB Storage access, plays Oggs, etc.
- pedometer and/or GPS data logger
- pony

Negative bonus points for being from Sony.

on confessions

George W. Bush admitted yesterday to waterboarding prisoners and "would do it again".

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In the US, the Uniform Code of Military Justice covers the prosecution of members of the armed services for crimes like these; this would cover the officers and enlisted personnel who were involved, but the President himself, while in the military chain of command, does not appear to be subject to the UCMJ. In order to try Mr. Bush for a war crime, it appears that the US would either have to sign on with the International Criminal Court or establish a special military tribunal just for him.

When considered as a Federal criminal offense, the act Mr. Bush confesses to is covered by 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2340, which addresses torture under color of law. This would be prosecuted as an ordinary crime in Federal court, good for 20 years per count (if the victim survived) or death (if the victim died).

It appears that the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia would be responsible for the prosecution. Given the public confession and the ample numbers of surviving witnesses in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, the trial should be straightforward. The FBI has a web page discussing how to report this class of crime.