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UK Court Order Served Over Twitter, To Anonymous User Posing As Another 205

Posted by timothy
from the summon-our-powers-of-indignation dept.
SpuriousLogic spotted this story on the BBC, from which he excerpts: "The High Court has given permission for an injunction to be served via social-networking site Twitter. The order is to be served against an unknown Twitter user who anonymously posts to the site using the same name as a right-wing political blogger. The order demands the anonymous Twitter user reveal their identity and stop posing as Donal Blaney, who blogs at a site called Blaney's Blarney. The order says the Twitter user is breaching the copyright of Mr. Blaney. He told BBC News that the content being posted to Twitter in his name was 'mildly objectionable.' Mr. Blaney turned to Twitter to serve the injunction rather than go through the potentially lengthy process of contacting Twitter headquarters in California and asking it to deal with the matter. UK law states that an injunction does not have to be served in person and can be delivered by several different means including fax or e-mail."

Comment: Re:Flame on (Score 1) 641

by rbowles (#29474771) Attached to: Most Useful UNIX Tool?

As mentioned, in other posts, "killall" or "pkill" do the trick. Additionally, awk is pretty handy for regex (and logic) matching on its own. Piping grep into awk is one of my pet peaves (of which I have 69105).

This might be cleaner (but still kills things with emacs as an argument):
# kill -9 `ps -ef | awk '/emacs/{print $2;}'`

This might be a bit more specific...
# kill -9 `ps -eopid,comm | awk '/emacs/{print $1;}'`

Alot of my old-school friends decry the use of xargs, but I'd rather pipe than arg-mangle (plus this gets rid of those visually deceptive singlequote+backquote):
# ps -eopid,comm | awk '/emacs/{print $1;}' | xargs kill -9

If you simply want to confound and taunt emacs users...
# pkill -STOP emacs

Or unending terror.
# { crontab -l ; echo '* * * * * pkill -STOP emacs' ; } | crontab


Dad Builds 700 Pound Cannon for Son's Birthday 410

Posted by samzenpus
from the targets-only-no-shooting-birds dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Charleston Daily Mail reports that machinist Mike Daugherty built his son a working cannon for his birthday — not a model — a real working cannon. 'It looks like something right out of the battle at Gettysburg,' says Daugherty. The 700 pound cast iron and steel howitzer, designed to use comparatively small explosive charges to propel projectiles at relatively high trajectories with a steep angle of descent, has a 4-inch gun barrel that is 36 inches long mounted on a wooden gun carriage with two 36- inch diameter wheels and took Daugherty about two weeks to build at a cost of about $6,000. 'I've always been interested in the Civil War and cannons, so I thought it would be a good gift,' says Daugherty's 11-year old son Logan. Daugherty said he is not worried about the federal government coming to get his son's cannon because he spoke to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and found it is legal to own such a cannon because it does not use a firing pin and is muzzle loaded so the government does not consider the weapon a threat. Two days after the family celebrated Logan's 11th birthday, father and son offered a field demonstration of the new cannon on top of a grassy hill overlooking Fairmont, West Virginia and on the third try, the blank inside the barrel went boom and a cannon was born. For a followup they popped a golf ball into the gun barrel, lit the fuse, and watched the golf ball split the sky and land about 600 yards away. 'Any rebels charging up this hill would be in trouble with a cannon like this at the top,' Logan says."

Comment: Make people ... better (Score 1) 438

by rbowles (#28952017) Attached to: Psychopaths Have Brain Structure Abnormality

On one hand, science and knowledge are inherently good, in and of themselves. For some odd reason, it still plants a seed of worry in my gut...

I think Mal put it best:
"Sure as I know anything, I know this - they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that."

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe