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Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad 357 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the who-would-jesus-sue dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A Wisconsin priest has God on his car but Best Buy's lawyers on his back. Father Luke Strand at the Holy Family Parish in Fond Du Lac says he has received a cease-and-desist letter from the electronics retailer. From the article: 'At issue is Strand's black Volkswagen Beetle with door stickers bearing the name "God Squad" in a logo similar to that of Best Buy's Geek Squad, a group of electronics troubleshooters. Strand told the Fond du Lac Reporter that the car is a creative way to spur discussion and bring his faith to others. Best Buy Co. tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it appreciates what Strand is trying to do, but it's bad precedent to let groups violate its trademarks.'"
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Playboy Launches Safe For Work Website 98 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the porn-now-without-nudity dept.
If you're one of the three people in the world who actually reads Playboy for the articles, today is your lucky day. Every young boy's favorite magazine to find in their uncle's closet has launched a "safe for work" website. From the article: "TheSmokingJacket.com will contain none of the nudity that makes Playboy.com NSFW — not suitable for work. Instead, it'll rely on humor to reach Playboy's target audience, men 25 to 34 years old, when they are most likely to be in front of a computer screen."

Comment: Navigeddon (Score 1) 519

by Elias Ross (#28633155) Attached to: Is Sat-Nav Destroying Local Knowledge?
Adam Carolla pitched this movie idea on his (former) morning show to McG. ("Famed director McG, the creative force behind Charlieâ(TM)s Angels, and most recently, We Are Marshalls.")

Summarized on the old blog.

Adam's got a movie pitch for McG. It takes place in the year 2222, and the military has constructed a satellite weapon that can think for itself. Adam plays Col. Duke LaCrosse. He feels like he wants no part of this military anymore, because this satellite system has gone too far. And of course, it has become evil. Itâ(TM)s getting into the GPS systems of vehicles, because itâ(TM)s the year 2222, and every vehicle has GPS. It's starting to misdirect people, by having them drive out to the Grand Canyon, even though they are trying to pick up their kids from school. And this navigation satellite wants to destroy Adam, because it knows that he knows it's evil. On his side, Adam has a friendly robot â" a wise-cracking Roomba. The Roomba serves as Adam's navigation device, so he doesnâ(TM)t have to rely on the evil GPS.

With the help of the Roomba, Adam navigates the corridors of the ground base, but canâ(TM)t control the satellite from Earth. Itâ(TM)s too evil. They have to launch into space, and dismantle it from there. "Whoâ(TM)s the NASA insider," McG asks? "Michael Richards." He's a wild-haired nerd, whose wife was misdirected into the Grand Canyon by this satellite, so he's got a score to settle.

Also made the same pitch to JJ Abrams..

Comment: Re:As I recall, about 2 years ago. SCOTUS (Score 1) 639

by Elias Ross (#28478209) Attached to: Tennesee Man Charged In "Virtual Pornography" Case

I don't think he has been sentenced yet. He wasn't found guilty but it signed a plea bargain, which likely to give him less than 5 years in jail, but probably a lot less or just a fine.

The rule is: If it's obscene, it's illegal and you are a criminal but there's no sentencing guideline. There is a *new* law, though, that says if it's obscene and depicts a child (this is quite vague), the sentencing guideline is 5 years for each obscene image. But these would be consecutive sentences.

What's obscene is really, really vague. Apparently, the definition of free speech can change based on where you're prosecuted, since obscenity is determined based on "community standards." Which is probably why Christopher Handley _in Iowa_ entered into a plea agreement.

Comment: Re:Two more words for Nielsen: Security Cameras (Score 1) 849

by Elias Ross (#28478149) Attached to: Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

If someone can install a security camera in your house, they likely have physical access to your machine. What do you think is more likely: Keyboard sniffer or security camera?

For me who works at home, it's nice idea to be able to see your password. And even if you're in an office, who's really going to try and steal your password? Do you worry when you leave your wallet or car keys at your desk that a coworker is going to steal your credit cards or vehicle?

It might just encourage users to chose a longer or more complicated password that's more difficult to hack. Security always has trade-offs.

If you want real security, you should use two or three factor authentication anyway. Too bad the web doesn't readily allow for it.

Comment: That Toliet Innovative? (Score 2, Interesting) 155

by Elias Ross (#25409259) Attached to: Appropriate Tech, 300mpg Car Top 2008 Innovators

I remember in Japan for many years seeing toilets with spigots at the top of the tank, not to mention dual flush, heated seats, and no need for paper, thanks to a water spray and air dryer. So I'd hardly call it a breakthrough product.

It's the 21st century and we're still rubbing our ass cracks with dead trees.

The Internet

FTC Recruiting Identity Theft Victims 48

Posted by samzenpus
from the study-while-they-steal dept.
coondoggie writes "In an effort to buttress its enforcement and better understand the scourge that is identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission said today its plans to conduct a wide-ranging study of victims of the crime. The FTC is looking for people harmed by the crime and said the survey will examine the remedies available to victims under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACT Act). Among other things, the FACT Act gave consumers the right to place fraud alerts on their credit files if they are, or suspect they may become, victims of identity theft; block information on their credit reports that resulted from identity theft; and obtain copies of their credit reports free of charge."
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Photoshop Express Terms of Use Cause Stir, Will Be Revised 111

Posted by Soulskill
from the read-the-fine-print dept.
Earlier this week, we discussed Adobe's beta launch of Photoshop Express, a free, online version of the popular image editing software. However, as a number of readers pointed out, the terms of use included language which granted Adobe a wide range of rights to any photos that were made available on the site. Now, after receiving a great deal of feedback from potential users, Adobe has stated their intent to rewrite the terms of use, as Ars Technica reports. David Morgenstern of ZDNet also notes the impending change, and briefly discusses the privacy and ownership concerns involved with content you post online.
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Explosives Camp 419

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-you-love-something-blow-it-up dept.
theodp writes "How about a summer camp where you get in trouble for not blowing things up? Students with a passion for all things explosive and proof of US citizenship pay a $450 fee to attend Summer Explosives Camp, 'We try to give them an absolute smorgasbord of explosives,' quipped a professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla, which offers a minor in explosives engineering. Here's the brochure (PDF), kids!"
Robotics

+ - A drone as wide as a Boeing 737

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "According to a short report by AFP, Israel is developing a killer robot plane. This drone is designed for long-range operations — more than 50 hours and several thousand miles — while weighing 4 tons during takeoff. This unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), dubbed Eitan (Steadfast) will have a wing span of 35 meters — like a Boeing 737. And this long-endurance (HALE) drone is the largest unmanned aircraft designed by Israel. It should be tested in coming days, but details are scarce, and it might already have flied in 2006. Read more for my investigations about this huge drone."

Mars Probe May Have Spotted Sojourner Rover 149

Posted by Zonk
from the born-free-as-free-as-the-wind-blows dept.
Maggie McKee writes "NASA's eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may have spotted the tiny, toaster oven-sized Sojourner rover just a few meters away from its companion, the Mars Pathfinder lander. It appears to have crawled there in an attempt to re-establish contact with the lander after the lander had already died. But the pictures aren't clear enough to definitively ID the rover, and it's possible Sojourner simply took off on its own. If it were miraculously still alive after 10 years, it could be 3 kilometers away from Pathfinder — and probably impossible to find, even with MRO."
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2007 Java Predictions 284

Posted by kdawson
from the steaming-mug-of-prognostication dept.
jg21 writes "Java Developer's Journal has published the results of its end-of-year poll of various Internet technology players, from its own internal editors to industry high-ups like the founder of Apress, Gary Cornell, and including too the thoughts of professor Tony Wasserman of Carnegie Mellon West. Participants were asked to foretell what they saw happening in 2007. Among the predictions — Cornell: 'The open-sourcing of Java will have no effect whatsoever on Java's slow decline in favor of dynamic languages (Ruby, Python) and C#'; Wasserman: 'The use of the GPL 2 for open-sourcing Java will inhibit the completion and acceptance of the GPL 3 proposal'; and Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson: 'The stigma of being a Web programmer still using Windows will increase.'"

Draconian Anti-Piracy Law Looms Over Australia 436

Posted by kdawson
from the we-are-all-criminals-now dept.
ccozan writes to tell us of a law being rushed through the Australian legislature that would criminalize great swaths of the citizenry. The Internet Industry Association of Australia is posting warning scenarios spelling out how far-reaching this law would be. From the release: "A family who holds a birthday picnic in a place of public entertainment (for example, the grounds of a zoo) and sings 'Happy Birthday' in a manner that can be heard by others, risks an infringement notice carrying a fine of up to $1,320. If they make a video recording of the event, they risk a further fine for the possession of a device for the purpose of making an infringing copy of a song... The US Free Trade Agreement does not require Australia to go down this path, and neither US nor European law contain such far-reaching measures. We are at a total loss to understand how this policy has developed, who is behind it and why there is such haste in enacting it into law — with little if any public debate."

Opening Zune Sales Flaccid 451

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the meager-beginnings dept.
An anonymous reader writes "As 'Black Friday' approaches and consumers line up for the Playstation 3 it looks like Zune has become an afterthought. Despite months of hype, opening Zune sales are only so-so. While Zune did reach the top 10 on Amazon's Top 25 list for electronic product sales on its first day, it quickly fell below the top 15 and continues to drop. Six separate iPod models now outsell it as well as SanDisk's e250 player. In-store sales are not much better."

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