So by now alot of you have read and dismissed the whole 'Texas law requires Private Investigator license to repair computers' crap that's flying around.

Most people associated with Defcon have enough brains to realize this is a massive over exaggeration of a law from last year requiring PI licenses for those doing computer forensics that end up in a court of law. There's other issues here not worth noting, but I do want to make a note about the glaring stupidity over this whole thing.

PC mag posted an article titled: "Texas PC Repair Now Requires PI License " (,1895,2324220,00.asp) in which they spread the impression all the idiots at Geek Squad will suddenly have to get PI licenses (not that it will help their service or anything). In the article they link to the law in an update stating: "Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 1 with a link to the law that serves as a source for this story."

If you actually read the law, it says nothing of those that repair PC's. If your rooting through the data and collecting evidence to be used in a criminal case it does, but not the snot nosed kid down the street fixing his moms laptop.

It gets really interesting when you follow the pcmag post upstream a bit to the source and you get to:

That site talks about investigations and those who currently offer such services that are going to have to be licensed. Nothing mentioned about Joe average IT guy repairing PC's.

How do these guys make the jump from those specializing in investigation, to everyone who fixes a computer.

And you wonder why people have no freaking clue what's going on in the world and are afraid to leave their homes for fear of getting sniped by some esoteric law.

[EDIT 1:] Further reading around the original source shows that the concern raised which seems to have been amplified downstream is that if someone at geek squad helps a customer track the source of a crime or anything deemed 'investigation' by the state, then they run afoul of the above law. It still has nothing to do with general repairs.

It does raise the interesting question of what constitutes 'investigation'. Finding out why a PC is running slow and discovering a spam bot (theft of services) and disabling it count as investigation. Presumably the law only applies to anything that might end up in court.

Worth keeping an eye on 2 things; First, the stupidity factor of further downstream posts, and second, the definition of 'investigation' as it applies to troubleshooting PC problems.