Swampash writes: Huffington Post contributor Alan Greenspan has posted an account of his successful small-claims battle against the faceless nameless phone-number-less monolith that is Google customer support over an AdSense account termination. "In the end, printed on a baby blue sheet of paper by the clerk's aging dot matrix printer, the judgment was actually entered for $761.00 total, due to the $40.00 court costs. I couldn't help but to smile in front of the judge. 'But it's not fair!' Google's paralegal protested. 'What if everyone whose account was canceled sued Google?'" What if indeed.
Swampash writes: New Zealand veterinarian and inventor Colin Murdoch died of cancer yesterday. Murdoch was responsible for (among other things) the disposible hypodermic syringe, the tranquilizer dart gun, the child-proof bottle cap, and the silent burglar alarm. His Wikipedia entry also mentions that "despite the relative ubiquity of his inventions, Murdoch did not become rich because of them. He deliberately chose not to sue companies that violated his patents, satisfied instead that they were being put to good use." You may not have heard of the man, but chances are your life has involved one of his inventions.
Swampash writes: This one comes in from Bizarro World. Republican blog Redstate.com has published an article decrying Lawrence Lessig as a "digital communist" who "believes there should be no such thing as intellectual property rights" and who spends his time "denigrating the Christian religion". The article concludes by rhetorically asking if, since Lessig is an Obama supporter, Obama really is the sort of person Christians can support.
Slurm writes: Wired is reporting some ah... interesting networking issues with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Interesting in the sense that passengers may theoretically be able to gain network access to the plane's control and navigation systems. 'Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.'
Swampash writes: "Johnson & Johnson, the health-products giant that uses a red cross as its trademark, is suing the American Red Cross, demanding the charity halt its use of the red cross symbol on products it sells to the public."