corbettw writes: "The White House today announced new plans to police speech on the Internet. Relying on the specter of terrorists and extremists, the new powers would allow the President to monitor and curtail speech deemed dangerous to the state and "national security". Is now the time to use the fourth box?"
corbettw writes: "As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt."
corbettw writes: "Popular Science has an article about a blind Finnish man who can now see and recognize letters, clocks, and other objects using a chip implanted behind his retina. The man is reported to have said he "can't wait to submit [his] application to Starfleet's Engineering program.""
corbettw writes: "I haven't seen this anywhere yet. I got an email from American Airlines detailing a new requirement imposed on them by the Department of Homeland Security. Starting November 1, all passengers in the US will have to submit their personal information (including full name, date of birth, and gender) to DHS, through their airline or travel agent, at least 72 hours in advance. This means you can no longer fly anywhere in the US with less than three-days notice. Did your mother have a stroke and you have to rush to be by her side? Too bad. What about that client two states over who needs some facetime or else they'll bolt to your competitor? Kiss them good-bye. Or do you just want to go to Vegas and have a wild weekend on the spur of the moment? Well, maybe next weekend, instead. Don't you feel so much safer now?"
corbettw writes: "Ted Alvin Klaudt, a former South Dakota lawmaker convicted of raping his two foster daughters, has sent news organizations what he claims is a copyright notice that seeks to prevent the use of his name without his consent."
corbettw writes: "Reason has a story up about a North Carolina convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for depositing money into his bank account. Not ill-gotten gains, just money he received from clients and dutifully reported to the IRS and paid taxes on. But because he deposited it in chunks less than $10,000, he's going to prison for the rest of his life."
corbettw writes: "Dan Lyons has written a mea culpa in which he begs forgiveness for being so terribly, terribly, wrong about the SCO lawsuits. And it only took him most of a week after the bankruptcy filing (not to mention several months after the latest judgment in SCO v. IBM)."
corbettw writes: "The Mises Institute, a libertarian think tank, has an interesting article up today about intellectual property. From the article: The repeal of intellectual property legislation, writes Jeffrey Tucker, would do nothing to remove from business its capacity to create, innovate, advertise, market, and distribute. The repeal of IP might create for it an additional cost of doing business, namely efforts to ensure that consumers are aware of the difference between the genuine product and impersonators. This is a cost of business that every enterprise has to bear. Patents and trademarks have done nothing to keep Gucci and Prada and Rolex impersonators at bay. But neither have the impersonators killed the main business. If anything, they might have helped, since imitation is the best form of flattery."
corbettw writes: "According to this article at Investor's Business Daily, Neptune has been experiencing warming from 1980 to 2004. One wonders if this is at all related to the warming on earth during the same period?"
corbettw writes: "From the National Geographic Society comes a(nother) report that Mars is warming at a similar pace as the earth, pointing to a solar, not a human, cause of both. Obviously, the Society is pandering to Big Oil...."
corbettw writes: "In an interview with Newsweek, Bill Gates has stated that Windows is more secure than MacOS. From the article: "In another portion of the interview, he added, 'Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.'". I've got a buck says he regrets this in about two days."
corbettw writes: "According to El Reg, a sysadmin at a drug company set a booby trap on the company's servers when he thought they were going to lay him off. He survived the round(s) of layoffs, but due to shoddy programming his trap never got sprung. He tried setting it off again, but the trap was found before he could put his dastardly plan into action. If he had succeeded, it would have impacted some 70 servers, and potentially millions of records of data on drug testing, including possibly private information on volunteers. The article is unclear on what the long term effect would have been, however. He now faces charges of fraud and computer hacking in Federal court in New Jersey."
corbettw writes: "Michelle Malkin has a piece up today about new regulations in the EU that would regulate any "moving pictures", regardless of how it's delivered. If they pass, European video bloggers and gamers would be subject to the same restrictions as broadcast television, including possibly being required to possess a license to set up a video blog, or even just camchat with friends. All in the guise of protecting the children and stopping "hate" speech."