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Comment: Obligatory Simpsons quote (Score 1) 881

by PuckstopperGA (#30132474) Attached to: NASA Attempts To Assuage <em>2012</em> Fears
Later, a full-force Bear Patrol is on watch. Homer watches proudly.

Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
Lisa: That's spacious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, dear.
Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: It's just a stupid rock.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you?

[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]

Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
The Courts

RIAA Brief Attacks Free Software Foundation 554

Posted by timothy
from the but-copyleft-needs-copyright dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA has requested permission to file a response to the amicus curiae brief filed by the Free Software Foundation in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Boston case against a Boston University grad student accused of having downloaded some song files when in his teens. In their proposed response, the RIAA lawyers personally attacked The Free Software Foundation, Ray Beckerman (NewYorkCountryLawyer), and NYCL's blog, 'Recording Industry vs. The People.' The 9-page response (PDF) — 4 pages longer than the document to which it was responding — termed the FSF an organization 'dedicated to eliminating restrictions on copying, redistribution, and modifying computer programs,' and accused the FSF of having an 'open and virulent bias against copyrights' and 'blatant bias' against the record companies. They called 'Recording Industry vs. The People' an 'anti-recording industry web site' and stated that NYCL 'is currently subject to a pending sanctions motion for his conduct in representing a defendant' (without disclosing that plaintiffs' lawyers were 'subject to a pending motion for Rule 11 sanctions for their conduct in representing plaintiffs' in that very case)."

+ - Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity->

Submitted by PuckstopperGA
PuckstopperGA writes: "Key lawmakers are pushing to dramatically escalate U.S. defenses against cyberattacks, crafting proposals that would empower the government to set and enforce security standards for private industry for the first time.

The proposals, in Senate legislation that could be introduced as early as today, would broaden the focus of the government's cybersecurity efforts to include not only military networks but also private systems that control essentials such as electricity and water distribution. At the same time, the bill would add regulatory teeth to ensure industry compliance with the rules, congressional officials familiar with the plan said yesterday."

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Comment: Re:Not the same thing (Score 1) 629

by PuckstopperGA (#27312737) Attached to: Mississippi Passes Law To Ban Traffic Light Cameras
It's not as simple as every slippery slope argument is a fallacy (read your link). And in this circumstance, I think it's apt. But you have failed to demonstrate that my argument is flawed. Try again :) As for your argument that removing only some cameras is ineffective, I disagree. I think that's the only way. Rarely are rights won in broad strokes of the pen. It is usually bit by bit. It's a slow process, for sure, but just because it's slow doesn't mean it's not worth doing. Imagine if civil rights leaders gave up because they couldn't gain widespread equality in one step.

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser