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Jack Thompson Faces Disciplinary Hearing 231

Posted by Zonk
from the disbarment-we-can-only-hope dept.
CoolC writes "Gamepolitics is reporting that attorney Jack Thompson is to face a disciplinary hearing before the Florida Supreme Court. The attorney faces five counts of professional misconduct, three of which are correlated with his ongoing campaign against violent video games. Thompson faces the possibility of disciplinary action up to and including disbarment."
Wireless Networking

+ - etiquette for stealing wireless

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nathandbos writes: "How rude is it to use a neighbor's open wireless access point without permission? I'm staying at my in-laws over the holidays and they don't have a reliable broadband connection. So I've been using an open connection that presumably belongs to one of the neighbors, although I don't know which one. It could be one of seven houses in the vicinity, and I really don't feel like knocking on all of their doors to ask a question most of them wouldn't understand. I don't know any way to figure out who they are electronically.

So I'm just wondering, how much of a social affront is this? I'll propose a bad-neighbor scale that runs from:

1= turning around in neighbor's driveway after 11PM

6= failing to pick up dog poo on their lawn

10= running off with spouse

Where on this scale is using an open wireless connection?"

+ - Microsoft sends free Vista notebooks to bloggers

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An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has crossed the line by giving high-profile bloggers free notebooks loaded with Vista, according to This initiative will be prove to be damaging for Microsoft. No doubt we'll all still buy Vista, but we'll just be a little more suspicious about how Microsoft conducts itself as a corporate citizen.

+ - Microsoft bribing bloggers with free laptops

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Slinky writes: "According to at least six bloggers, Microsoft has been sending out free top-of-the-line laptops pre-loaded with Vista as a 'no strings attached gifts'. This 'reward' for their hard work on covering tech in general is coincidentally right before the launch of Vista to consumers. To be clear, these weren't loans, they were gifts, and they were top-of-the-line Acer Ferrari laptops. Microsoft blogger Long Zheng broke the silence over the source of the freebies."

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